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
WASHINGTON, USA — The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday analyzed at a special meeting “the migration crisis” in Venezuela and, following the meeting, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro announced the creation of a working group to analyze the migration issue, which will be chaired by exiled Venezuelan politician David Smolansky. Almagro, who requested the meeting, noted that “there are millions of Venezuelans who have fled the country with the hope of reestablishing their most basic rights. No country can face this wave of migrants and refugees in isolation. The approach must be collective following the principle of shared responsibility.” At the meeting, the assistant executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), María Claudia Pulido, referred to the measures that the IACHR recommends as a humanitarian response to the “serious crisis that has forced the migration of … [Read more...] about OAS announces creation of working group on migration crisis in Venezuela