4M People Have Fled Venezuela Amid Political, Economic Crisis, U.N. Says; UNICEF Ramps Up Aid, Including Health Supplies

U.N. News: Four million have now fled Venezuela, U.N. ramps up aid to children who remain
“The number of people who have left Venezuela to escape the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis, has reached some four million, the U.N. announced on Friday. In a joint statement, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), described the scale of the exodus as ‘staggering,’ with the number of displaced people jumping by a million over a seven-month period, from November 2018. … For many of those who have remained in Venezuela, the situation is dire, and around a third of children in the country need help accessing basic nutrition, health, and education services, the U.N. Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday. The U.N. agency announced that it has ramped up aid since the beginning of the year, in the form of 55 tons of health supplies distributed to 25 hospitals in the most affected states … They include midwifery kits, antibiotics, and malaria treatment…” (6/7).

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