More Than 800 Venezuelans Arrive In Brazil Daily To Escape Worsening Humanitarian Crisis; Venezuelan Government Continues To Refuse Aid As Health System Deteriorates

Reuters: 800 Venezuelans flee to Brazil daily to escape insecurity, hunger: UNHCR
“More than 800 Venezuelans stream into northern Brazil each day, the United Nations said on Friday, citing Brazilian government statistics on people fleeing the worsening crisis in the economically crippled nation…” (Nebehay, 4/6).

U.N. News: Nearly 800 Venezuelans arriving in Brazil each day, many seeking asylum, U.N. refugee agency says
“… ‘As the complex political and socio-economic situation in their country continues to worsen, arriving Venezuelans are in more desperate need of food, shelter, and health care. Many also need international protection,’ William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 52,000 Venezuelans have arrived in Brazil since the beginning of 2017…” (4/6).

Wall Street Journal: Venezuelans Die as Maduro Government Refuses Medical Aid
“…Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s cash-strapped Socialist regime prohibits most international humanitarian donations — including contributions of lifesaving medicines — except from a few remaining allies such as Russia. The authoritarian leader and his lieutenants have denied the country is in a humanitarian crisis and they consider international aid part of a ploy by the U.S. and political rivals to besmirch the government and open the door to foreign intervention. … Public health has deteriorated sharply in what used to be one of Latin America’s richest nations…” (Vyas et al., 4/6).

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