ST. CLOUD, Fla. — Elizabeth Vuilleumier left her home country of Venezuela 10 years ago, when things were a lot different from the turmoil the country is experiencing now. 'Caminos de Esperanza' collects donations for Venezuelan families Donations go towards families crossing to Venezuela-Colombia border Donations are being collected Saturday in Central Fla., Tampa & Miami SEE BELOW: Now, Vuilleumier is doing her part to help the growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela through collecting donations for a cause called “Caminos de Esperenza.” Due to the crisis, thousands of Venezuelans are crossing the border into Colombia, trying to start a new life. They're literally walking out of Venezuela and crossing the border by foot. At St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Cloud, Vuilleumier is sorting out donations for Venezuelans seeking refuge. Sweaters, rain jackets, shoes, and over-the-counter medications are some of the things that can be … [Read more...] about Crisis in Venezuela Inspires Donation Drive for Fleeing Families
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Following a sharp increase in Venezuelan migration since 2015, the corporate mainstream media, alongside the governments of the US, EU and Colombia, is aggressively pushing the narrative of a “humanitarian crisis,” at the same time that Western NGOs flock to set up shop along the Colombian border. But what if NGOs are being used to influence how the movement of people from Venezuela into Colombia is being shaped and reported, and what’s more, if they are directly benefiting from this situation? To explore the idea, we focus on one such NGO, US-based Mercy Corps, which recently announced an expansion of its operations on the Colombo-Venezuelan border. Mercy Corps’s budget for global operations, of the order of US $500 million (according to its 2017 annual report), includes funding from US and EU government agencies. Its financiers have included the UK’s International Department of Development, which has regularly sent aid via Mercy Corps to rebel-held areas … [Read more...] about A Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela? A Case Study into NGO Mercy Corps
Rachelle Krygier and Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post Published 6:35 am PDT, Saturday, October 13, 2018 People wait in line to apply for passports in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sept. 18, 2018. People wait in line to apply for passports in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sept. 18, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Manaure Quintero. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Manaure Quintero. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 People wait in line to apply for passports in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sept. 18, 2018. People wait in line to apply for passports in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sept. 18, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Manaure Quintero. A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela? Nothing to see here, government says. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery CARACAS, … [Read more...] about A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela? Nothing to see here, government says.
(TELESUR ENGLISH) – The Venezuelan foreign minister slammed the hypocrisy of offers of humanitarian aid to Venezuela by the same countries that imposed the harsh sanctions. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” but rather an “economic crisis,” as a consequence of the sanctions and the blockade exercised by sectors of the international political right against the South American nation. “It is greatly cynical of those who would blockade Venezuela to (then) offer humanitarian aid afterward,” Arreaza said during the 39th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, where the situation in Venezuela was discussed, in reference to harsh sanctions against his country by the U.S. and the European Union. The diplomat’s statement corresponds to what was expressed in the report of independent expert Alfred-Maurice de Zayas during the session. “We request on behalf of the people … [Read more...] about Jorge Arreaza: There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela
The crisis in Venezuela poses a threat to the security of the United States and countries in the region, US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Thursday, and “the US will not stand idly by while Venezuela collapses.” The Vice President made the remarks in a joint address with Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno in Quito. “It is remarkable to think that, once one of the most vibrant countries and economies in the Western hemisphere, Venezuela is now essentially a failed state and the Venezuelan people are suffering,” said Pence. The United States will work closely with Ecuador and other “freedom-loving countries” in the region to confront “the ongoing collapse of Venezuela into dictatorship, deprivation and despair” that has resulted in a mass exodus of over 2 million people and has empowered drug cartels and human trafficking, he said. “I am anxious in our discussions to find new and renewed ways that we can work in … [Read more...] about Pence: Crisis in Venezuela threat to US, regional security