#VenezuelaBienvenida: Colombian-Venezuelans return to Colombia, a product of the crisis
For decades millions of Colombians crossed the border into Venezuela, fleeing our armed conflict. Now the humanitarian crisis created by the Maduro government is bringing back the children of those migrants. #VenezuelaWelcome is a call to solidarity.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the last three years 1 million Venezuelans have arrived in Colombia, fleeing the humanitarian crisis under the government of Nicolás Maduro.
It is difficult to estimate how many of these migrants have dual nationalities for being children of Colombians, but it is common to encounter stories on the street of families who, in the last 40 years, fled to Venezuela as a result of the Colombian armed conflict and who are now returning as victims of the political and economic crisis that faces the neighboring country.
In this second part of our campaign, #VenezuelaBienvenida, we present the story of a group of Colombian-Venezuelan street artists and their journey to Bogotá.
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The United Nations estimates that by 2016, 65.6 million people around the world had been forcibly displaced from their countries as a result of civil war, economic crises, violence and hunger. These people have not only had to leave their homes, but have had to cross national borders seeking protection and means of survival.
Learn more about our campaign, #VenezuelaBienvenida.