The Interim Government of Venezuela launched a communication campaign this Saturday to raise awareness among the international community about the drama of Venezuelan migration, with the aim of increasing donations at the conference of Venezuelan migrants and refugees to be held this May 26th.
The campaign, in which President Juan Guaidó and Commissioner Julio Borges will participate, includes the testimony of organizations of Venezuelans abroad, as well as the stories by the migrants themselves, who describe the hardships they face due to the lack of resources and also, urge countries to support them in overcoming these difficulties.
The migrants’ conference, which is coordinated by the head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, in conjunction with UN agencies, will be held remotely because of the pandemic and will seek to raise funds to help the countries of the region to care for Venezuelans. It should be remembered that the migrants’ crisis has been exacerbated by the spread of Covid-19 in Latin America. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, thousands of Venezuelans have lost their jobs and have been left without a livelihood. Many have been evicted because of their inability to pay rent, a situation that has forced them to return to Venezuela on foot.
The resources raised at the event will be used by UN agencies to implement health, economic and social care programs for migrants. The country’s migration crisis is already the second largest in the world, surpassed only by Syria. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost 5 million Venezuelans have left the country because of the terrible humanitarian, economic and political crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.