Wednesday, 21 March 2018

US offers $2.5m in aid to Venezuelans in Colombia

The US has announced it will provide $2.5m (1.8m) in aid to Venezuelans who have fled the economic crisis in their homeland for neighbouring Colombia.

Venezuela is experiencing severe shortages of medicines and basic goods.

The US said the money would provide fleeing Venezuelans and the Colombian communities hosting them with emergency food and health assistance.

Colombian officials estimate that about 600,000 Venezuelans have crossed the border in recent years.

The announcement about "this initial, and immediate commitment of $2.5m" was made by the administrator of the US Agency of International Development (USAid), Mark Green.

Mr Green put the blame for the Venezuelan exodus on the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

BBC       News.

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