UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Organization agency, said that falling temperatures in South America, specifically in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, could put at risk the millions of Venezuelan migrants and refugees who are in critical condition.
The institution also explained that the Covid-19 pandemic, which has worsened in recent weeks, exposes Venezuelans even more to risk.
“Many have lost their livelihoods and are facing poverty, evictions from their homes, hunger and food insecurity,” said spokesperson Shabia Mantoo.
UNHCR noted that the number of Venezuelans in need of humanitarian assistance increased during the winter months. Shelter, warm clothes and medicine are some of the resources they will need.
Mantoo added that UNHCR is working even harder in South America to address these needs, providing those most in need with emergency shelter, subsidies and other forms of assistance.
In Chile, some 790 Venezuelan families have received tickets that they can exchange for food and other necessities in local stores and supermarkets. And in Peru, 4,700 blankets and 2,000 packages of basic aid have been distributed to Venezuelans in areas like Cuzco, where torrential rains and snow are expected during the winter months.