Venezuelans wait at the Colombian border to be processed and housed in tents in 2020. All Venezuelans now in Colombia will receive a 10-year residency permit.
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Though not a rich country, Colombia is unusually well equipped to handle mass migration because of its own history with political strife and displacement.
Venezuelans try to enter Colombia at the closed Simon Bolivar international bridge borders crossing, March 16, 2020. Normally, 40,000 Venezuelans come into Colombia every day.
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The coronavirus-related closure of the Colombian border hasn’t stopped desperate Venezuelans from entering – but it has made the trip more dangerous.
He may be praying, but so far the Pope has declined to intervene in Venezuela’s crisis to aid a unified coronavirus response.
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If anyone can convince the Maduro government and the Venezuelan opposition to come together to fight COVID-19, it’s the Pope. But the Church’s power to negotiate an emergency deal is limited.
Venezuelan migrants look at the Panamericana Highway, in Urbina, Ecuador. More than 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries like Brazil, where they must navigate anti-migrant politicians. LGBTQ+ refugees in South America have only one dedicated centre — Casa Miga — to turn to.
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The only centre for LGBTQ+ refugees in Latin America is overwhelmed by demand and is struggling to take in refugees from Venezuela.
Venezuelans hoping to cross into Ecuador via Colombia amass at the Rumichaca border bridge in Tulcan, Ecuador, as new visa restrictions limiting migration took effect, Aug. 26, 2019.
Citing national security, Ecuador, Peru and Chile have all made it harder for Venezuelan migrants to enter the country, and xenophobia is rising across the region – even in more welcoming Colombia.
Venezuela has been in economic and political crisis for years.
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For one, you can't break an economy that's already broken.
A line of cars spills on to the street as drivers wait to fill their tanks at a fuel station in Cabimas, Venezuela, in May 2019. U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel and other hardships.
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The devastating costs of economic sanctions on Venezuela are being ignored or disregarded. So too is the lack of a legal basis for international intervention.
Bullet shells collected during a pro-government protest in Venezuela.
At the beginning of the 1980s, homicides were relatively rare in Venezuela. Now, it’s one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez speaks to reporters outside the residency of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, May 2, 2019.
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Venezuela’s most famous political prisoner, freed from house arrest by soldiers who turned against President Maduro, now faces arrest after leading an April 30 rebellion against Maduro’s government.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López has been freed by his captors from house arrest and is backing a coup attempt against the Maduro government.
Venezuela is on the cusp of a coup, and a familiar face has emerged from house arrest to lead the charge against President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages since late 2015. Now power outages have cut off water supplies, too.
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As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.
Venezuelans carry buckets filled with water. A power outage that began on March 7 left much of the capital, Caracas, without electricity, running water or public transportation for days.
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Citing security concerns, the US is evacuating its embassy in Caracas, where President Maduro blames the US for a calamitous power outage. Venezuela’s relations with Brazil are eroding quickly, too.
Clashes between opposition protesters and Venezuelan soldiers at the Venezuela-Brazil border have killed an estimated 25 people.
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Brazil’s president has threatened military intervention in neighboring Venezuela, called its leader a ‘dictator’ and sent troops to the border. But Brazil’s military is quietly working to avoid war.
An officer from Venezuela’s National Guard lobs tear gas toward demonstrators during a standoff over humanitarian aid at the Colombian border on Feb. 23, 2019. Four protesters were killed.
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The Trump administration says President Maduro’s ‘days are numbered’ after Venezuelan security forces killed four protesters. But any US-led operation to oust him is likely to be extremely unpopular.
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Food and medical aid at Venezuela's borders could spark a revolution.
Crossing the river to Colombia.
Cross border security is at serious risk. So are the lives of the people who live there.
Nicolás Mauro supporters beneath a Hugo Chávez mural.
Assertive politics is not enough.
Inflation is soaring, millions are fleeing – and two politicians are seeking to lead. It’s an impossible choice for an impoverished people.
A supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, in August 2018. The prospect of prices doubling every hour encourages those who can afford it to horde. Hence the empty shelves and shortages.
Venezuela’s hyperinflation has been caused by an inept public policy of printing more money and private individuals making the most of differences between official and unofficial exchange rates.
An anti-government protester covers her face with a Venezuelan flag, and uses toothpaste around her eyes to help lessen the effect of tear gas, during clashes with security forces after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela.
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