U.S. To Provide Emergency Aid For Venezuelan Refugees In Colombia

Associated Press: U.S. emergency aid for Venezuela to be distributed in Colombia
“U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid that was earmarked for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó will now be distributed in Colombia, officials said Thursday. Colombia’s government said it had reached the decision with the U.S. and representatives of Guaidó because of Nicolás Maduro’s continued ‘blocking’ of the aid…” (5/30).

The Lancet: Colombia struggles to cope with care in Venezuelan influx
“Venezuelans fleeing their country in large numbers place a heavy burden on Colombia’s health system, although its government is intent on helping. … There are now 1.3 million Venezuelans in Colombia, an increase from 900,000 at last count in October, 2018. In 2015, there were 1,475 emergency health care treatments given to Venezuelans but, at the end of last year, that number reached 131,958. Officials estimate that the tax burden is overloaded by 8,800%…” (Daniels, 6/1).

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