Dejusticia and Provea brought together ten journalists from Venezuela and three from Colombia to tell, through seven migration stories, how the sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela is changing the lives of millions of people.
The structure that connects Colombia and Venezuela, once deemed the “most dynamic border in Latin America,” today symbolizes the humanitarian emergency of the country ruled by Nicolás Maduro.
In Venezuela, 8 million people eat two meals a day or less. Do you go to Colombia to survive, or stay and starve to death? For some mothers, the latter is not an option.
Three Venezuelan mothers crossed the border to Colombia seeking medical care for their sick newborn children. Their stories reflect the serious public health crisis of their country.
Jesús, a ten-year-old boy, and his father, Gustavo, cross the Simón Bolívar Bridge every day from Venezuela to Colombia. There are currently more than 1.3 million “pendular” migrants like this father and son.
Rosa Umaña, a Colombian woman once displaced by the violence in her own country, now opens the door of her home in Cúcuta to Venezuelans driven out by the humanitarian crisis.
Members of this indigenous community arrived in Colombia after hearing that here, at least, there was rice to eat. Three hundred of them stayed in the country until June, when they fled after being threatened.
Dozens of Venezuelan families decide to cross into Colombia on foot, fleeing a country where starvation and the cost of living threaten to worsen an already massive exodus.
This special is the result of a workshop titled “Tools for covering a country in conflict”, held in Cúcuta in May of 2018 by the human rights organizations Dejusticia (Colombia) and Provea (Venezuela).