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Angelina Jolie Urges International Support for Venezuelan Children


7Dnews London

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 11:18 GMT

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Saturday, June 8th, urged the international community to provide more support to the three South American countries with the most migrants from crisis-hit Venezuela, stating 20,000 Venezuelan children are at risk of being without basic citizenship rights.

While on a two-day trip to meet Venezuelan migrants, Jolie, a special envoy for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), met with Colombian president, Ivan Duque, in Cartagena, according to Reuters. 

Four million Venezuelan refugees and migrants have fled economic and humanitarian crisis in their homeland. 

More than a million are living in Colombia, where the government and aid agencies have scrambled to provide housing, food and healthcare, to an ongoing influx of migrants arriving in already-poor and violent border regions.

Either because of an ever-shrinking number of Venezuelan consulates or because of having no migration papers, the parents of Venezuelan children born abroad often struggle to register their baby's birth. 

The deteriorating economic status of Venezuela has brought widespread shortages of basic foods and medicines, while political hostilities have led to waves of fatal violence.

The crisis has been aggravated since the US imposed sanctions, including on the pivotal oil industry, in an effort to oust leftist president Nicolas Maduro, in favour of opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. 

Dozens of nations around the world recognise Guaidó as interim president, saying Maduro rigged his 2018 re-election. 

Notwithstanding their support to unseat Maduro, he still has the backing of the top military brass, and he accuses his foes of plotting with Washington to bring about a coup. 

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