The charge d’affaires of the embassy to Colombia, Eduardo Battistini and the ONG ‘Fundación Unión Integración y Crecimiento’ (FUIC) visited the ‘Chusacá’ Tollgate on the outskirts of Bogotá, where hundreds of Venezuelan walkers fleeing the crisis generated by Maduro’s dictatorship pass through every day.
“Barquisimeto, Valencia, Cumana, Miranda, Caracas, Coro, are some of the starting points where the Venezuelans with whom we spoke departed, each with different stories but with a single objective, to seek a better future, one they feel the dictatorship stole from them,” Mr. Battistini said in a message posted on his social network accounts.
The Venezuelan diplomat announced that Bogotá’s Red Cross has a support point in this place, where they provide help to our Venezuelan walkers, offer medical care and a safe haven where they can rest to continue on their way.
“Without a doubt, this effort alleviates the burden of those fleeing the crisis in the country,” he said.
Similarly, the Venezuelan official stressed that there is a space of the Norwegian Council, the European Union in Colombia and the International Rescue Committee where they take care of children.
“This work is very important from the psychological point of view and the management of the great impact that forced migration has on such young children. Thanks for this job!” He added.
Finally, Battistini pointed out that the visit served to deliver food, clothing and hygiene products to these migrants, while they listened to their painful stories and their dreams of growth.
“They all agreed that if change were achieved in Venezuela, they would return without hesitation,” he concluded.