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Venezuela Migrants Number Surpasses That Of Syrian Refugees


The number of people who have fled violence and poverty
in Venezuela since the beginning of the 2014 crisis has
tipped past 5.6 million. The harrowing figure now exceeds
the number of refugees who have fled Syria throughout the
decade-long war and the exodus shows no sign of stopping,
warns international aid organisation, World
Vision.

World Vision is particularly concerned for the
safety and well-being of nearly 2 million migrant and
refugee children caught up in the Venezuela
crisis.

“This forgotten crisis has now reached a
tipping point we have feared for some time,” says Joao
Diniz, World Vision’s regional leader for Latin America
and the Caribbean. “Despite lockdowns, border closures,
the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of becoming
unemployed or homeless, thousands of people continue to
leave Venezuela every month.”

To date, nearly one in
five people have left Venezuela since the start of the
economic crisis. Throughout the region, border closures due
to the pandemic are forcing desperate people to use illegal
crossings, putting their lives at risk.

Recent World
Vision surveys indicate that one in three Venezuelan
children across seven countries goes to bed hungry, while
household surveys reveal:

  • An average of 62% of
    households in four states are living with moderate to severe
    hunger
  • 20% report that child labour has increased
    since the start of the pandemic
  • 28% report their
    children are begging
  • Nearly half report than child
    marriages have increased since March

“I’ve
met families with young children who have been sleeping on
the streets for months and it’s a struggle to find their
next meal. Some have fallen desperately ill and have even
encountered violence as they were robbed along their journey
to the border,” said Fabiano Franz, director of World
Vision’s seven-country response to the Venezuela migration
crisis.

“We’ve heard countless stories of children
and young people being separated from their parents. This
puts already vulnerable children in a dangerous,
unpredictable situation, where they are forced to make
difficult decisions to survive.”

World Vision has
been responding to the migrant crisis in Colombia, Peru,
Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, and inside Venezuela. Our
work includes providing assistance with cash, food,
education, health referrals, child protection, access to
clean water and vocational and business
training.

 

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