The Venezuelan crisis has triggered the largest external displacement in Latin America’s recent history.
As a result of the political turmoil, socio-economic instability and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, millions of people have left the country in order to seek asylum in neighboring countries, such as Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. A significant number of migrants have entered without legal status, getting no protection of their rights or access to services, which leaves them exposed to all forms of exploitation, abuse, violence and discrimination. According to the UNHCR, at least 4.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014 and over 600,000 Venezuelans have sought asylum worldwide. Colombia is the main receiving country for migrants and refugees (1,408,055 persons), followed by Peru which became the leading country of asylum for Venezuelans, with more than 287,000 applications. Due to the negative outlook for Venezuela, the pace of migration is not expected to slow. In the course of their journey, migrants face multiple risks, to which minors, women and elderly migrants are particularly vulnerable.
4.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014 and over 600,000 Venezuelans have sought asylum worldwide
Caritas Luxembourg, with the financial support of the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, is dedicated to providing basic assistance and support to Venezuelan refugees. The project aims to improve effective protection and basic services, provide hygiene products, adequate allowances and shelter, including financial aid and food, and offer education to the beneficiary children and youth. Activities also include raising awareness within Venezuela among potential emigrants about the context of migration in terms of costs, risks and channels of protection.
Moreover, Caritas Luxembourg contributes to combat the Covid-19 in South America. As a result of the socio-political-economic conditions in each country, communities in border areas, especially refugees, migrants and indigenous people, are currently deprived of effective public health policies, health care or support. Caritas’ action, with thes financial help of the European Union and the Ministry of Froreign Affairs of Luxembourg, contibute to the distribution of hygiene kits and awareness raising on sanitary measures, and the provision of health assistance and access to treatments and services.
One of the beneficiaries is Adriana who has a little daughter and is now expecting her second child. In Venezuela, she worked in the army and had her own house. From one day to the next, there was almost no food in the supermarkets. The situation deteriorated. Mothers lined up all day in front of the stores to get diapers or food, sometimes armed with knives. That's when she made the decision to leave for Colombia, in order to offer a better life and more security to her daughter. However, once in Colombia, Adriana was sexually abused and violated by her boyfriend. Following a hemorrhage and a stay in hospital, she received support from the partners of Caritas Luxembourg. Today, what she seeks is to join her brother and other members of her family in a different Colombian city, and to be able to protect her child's life from poverty and violence. Caritas Luxembourg supports her financially and psychologically in this project.
“I don't feel welcome in Colombia. But unfortunately I have no choice but to stay.”
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People who wish to support displaced persons in Colombia - and more broadly all the activities of Caritas Luxembourg - can do so by making a donation by transfer to the account (CCPL) IBAN LU34 1111 0000 2020 0000 or directly below.