The Venezuelan Embassy in Colombia, together with the ONG ‘Fundación Unión, Integración y Crecimiento’ (FUIC), delivered 300 markets to families in vulnerable conditions located in different neighborhoods of Cúcuta, Norte de Santander Department.
The first delivery was made a few meters from the border with Venezuela in the area known as “La Parada”, there residents confirmed the difficult situation they live daily, caused by the abuses of power by violent armed groups that operate in the area.
After concluding the meeting with Venezuelans, the teams from both institutions traveled to the historic center of Cúcuta, where another group of migrants was summoned to join this program that intends to support those who need it most and learn about their living experiences after being forced to leave Venezuela by the crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
Maria Ramos, one of the beneficiaries of this program, said “here you live quietly, you don’t see what some are doing, but it is still better to be on this side because there are more opportunities to emerge, in Venezuela there are none.”
Carlos Gómez, Director of the FUIC, regrets the situation that thousands of Venezuelans are going through and was emphatic in requesting greater international cooperation because of the needs that persist at the border: “We know of and value the efforts that the Colombian government makes in support of the Venezuelans who are here, but this is not enough for the number of people, therefore, the support of the allied countries is necessary.”
The walkers haven’t stopped
The embassy team took advantage of those days of social activities in Norte de Santander, to travel part of the long journey made by thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the country to seek better opportunities.
On the way to Pamplona they got to know part of the story of Richard Guédez, a Venezuelan from Barquisimeto who, together with his pregnant wife and his three daughters, plan to walk to Bogotá.
Guédez took with his family the risk of making this long journey on foot to Bogotá, hoping for a better future, since the situation in Venezuela was “unsustainable.” He said that in Venezuela he earned a very small salary and his wife did not have adequate medical care.