Venezuela, UN, Kuta discussed on All Things Considered


Listening to all, things considered, from NPR, news Then as weightless crisis can be captured by the. Staggering amount of people who have left the country the UN says that number is two. Point three million in just the last four years. One main reason is because there isn't enough. Food several neighboring countries are, now tightening their borders as people keep. Leading Venezuela John Otis sent this report from Columbia Venezuelan refugees have just crossed into the Colombian. Border town of Kuta they are now on. Their way to Bogota three, hundred fifty miles away and they're walking Refugees line the highway. Leading out of Kuta a drag roller suitcases and carry duffle bags some where flip flops Donald parson local data Galliani surreal who's walking with twelve fellow refugees, explains that smugglers demanded most of their money to take them across the border into Columbia Zoom by but real center colleagues can't. Afford bus fare they sold their watches and other valuables. For food but it's running out the UN says. That about half of, all, Venezuelan, refugees are malnourished they also require medical care and are desperate for work that's. Putting a huge strain on the country's there arriving in mainly, Colombia Ecuador Peru and Brazil which are struggling to provide jobs in healthcare for their own populations Kyle Johnson is based in Columbia for the International Crisis Group a million Venezuelan refugees in a year or up to. Two million in the last five years or. So is well beyond the capacity of any South American nation of what they can handle in terms of refugees and so, that's what makes, it a, crisis tensions, are rising earlier this month Brazilians. Burned a refugee camp on the border after accusing Venezuelans of assaulting a local shopkeeper Ecuador and Peru Who plans to require that incoming Venezuelans carry passports but Johnson says most lack the money for passports wall paper and. Ink shortages in Venezuela mean fewer are being. Printed and it's denying the reality that most Venezuelans just because of the situation in Venezuela do not have access to a, passport simply don't Back on the highway the Whelan's, walking to Bogota don't. Realize what they're, in for the video I've been the Rio was eighteen and left Venezuela because she could. No longer afford, her college tuition payments estimates it will take a week to walk to. Boga top the journey actually, takes more than a month and involves climbing mountain peaks ten thousand feet high but, Rio says group is determined to make it often As they walk the, encourage one another sharing. Water bread and, cigarettes they also meet some friendly Colombians This.

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