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Thousands of Venezuelans Desperate for Food, Medicine Cram Border with Colombia

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7Dnews London

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 01:43 GMT

Once President Nicolas Maduro partially reopened the border, several thousands of Venezuelans, who desperate for food and medicine, gathered to cross into Colombia, on Saturday June 8th.

As reported by AFP, Maduro had the day prior ordered the reopening of the Venezuelan border in the western state of Tachira, near the location in Colombia where the international community had massed humanitarian aid that Maduro's government refused to take.

Earlier the day, Thousands of citizens have headed to the border bridges between the two countries and gathered in long lines stretched throughout the day.

Belky Rangel, 34 said: "My two daughters have dengue. They have a fever, and I had to come to get care in Colombia.

She was about to burst into tears after waiting three hours with her two daughters, five and eight, to cross to Cucuta.

The head of the Migration Service in Colombia, Christian Krueger, told AFP that within the middle of the day around 18,000 people had crossed the border from Venezuela and 8,000 from Colombia.

Before the border closed in February, about 30,000 people crossed the Simon Bolivar International Bridge every day, from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to Cucuta, official data show.

About 3 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015 to flee the worst economic crisis in the oil-rich country's recent history.


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