The Ambassador of Venezuela in Colombia, Tomás Guanipa, together with Commissioner Carlos Paparoni, made a visit to the Department of Arauca to analyze the situation and support the more than 6000 displaced persons generated by armed confrontations between Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship and terrorist groups that operate in the area for the control of one of the drug trafficking routes.
“We were in Arauquita together with Commissioner @CarlosPaparoni, visiting some of the 57 shelters that have been created to receive almost 6,000 displaced people fleeing Venezuela due to the confrontations in #Apure,” said the Venezuelan Ambassador.
During the visit, Ambassador Tomás Guanipa visited some shelters, generously arranged by the Colombian government together with international organizations, to serve Venezuelan and Colombian citizens who since last March 21st were forced to leave their homes in the middle of long days of confrontation. There Nicolás Maduro disputes the control of the area to hand it over to Alias ‘Iván Márquez’ and Alias ‘Jesús Santrich’, so thay can continue with their drug trafficking business.
According to figures provided by the Colombian authorities, there are more than 2,200 children who have been displaced from their homes. Guanipa stated: “We found heartbreaking testimonies, full of sadness, indignation, but above all a lot of fear.”
During the conversations that Guanipa held with some of the displaced, he assured “let it be clear, everything that is happening in Apure is the responsibility of Nicolás Maduro and his firm intention to favor a group of the FARC Dissidents who are currently in Venezuela”
After the visits to the shelters located in the Municipality of Arauquita, both Guanipa and Paparoni went to the area known as “El Paso”, where most of the people cross to Colombia to leave behind the violence generated by the dictatorial regime.
In this busy area, a group of people displaced by violence assured that the attacks they suffered are orchestrated by members of the Faes, “my house was destroyed by people who did not even let me get my clothes out, we lost everything, I am afraid to return but all my life is in Venezuela.”
Tomás Guanipa assured that the diplomatic mission that he represents will continue working to assist those more than 6000 people in vulnerable conditions.
Guanipa recalled that through the ‘Brothers’ program, medical supplies and food will be collected and will then be delivered to these more than 1,400 families who are currently suffering the cruelty of the narco-criminal dictatorship.