24% Of Venezuelan Population In Need Of Humanitarian Aid, Internal U.N. Report Shows

Agence France-Presse: Nearly a quarter of Venezuelans need aid: internal U.N. report
“About 24 percent of Venezuela’s population — seven million people — are in dire need of humanitarian aid, according to an internal U.N. report that showed malnutrition and disease were on the rise as living conditions plummet. The report obtained by AFP on Thursday was presented this week to President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which has blamed U.S. sanctions for Venezuela’s economic crisis, and to opposition leader Juan Guaidó…” (3/28).

Devex: Aid groups adapt services to meet needs of Venezuelans on the move
“…Many of the people who are now fleeing a lack of basic food and medical supplies in Venezuela do not have the resources to travel via bus or plane, so they are making the journey into Colombia and beyond by foot. … The situation is posing a challenge for NGOs — which have traditionally not had to stand up humanitarian responses in Colombia — to effectively meet the needs of poor, vulnerable, and mobile migrants and asylum-seekers…” (Welsh, 3/29).

Reuters: Venezuelans facing ‘unprecedented challenges,’ many need aid — internal U.N. report
“…The [U.N.] report’s findings contrast with comments from President Nicolas Maduro, who has said there is no crisis and no need for humanitarian aid, blaming U.S. sanctions for the country’s economic problems. … ‘The politicization of humanitarian assistance in the context of the crisis makes delivery of assistance in accordance with the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence more difficult,’ reads the 45-page U.N. ‘Overview of Priority Humanitarian Needs’ in Venezuela…” (Nichols/Cohen, 3/28).

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