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21 Feb
Venezuela-Colombia Border Churches Fill Aid Gap in Migration Crisis
Around 42,000 Venezuelans cross Cúcuta's border bridge every day
[...]
The Diocese of Cúcuta alone serves 10,000 meals a day across the city, according to Cúcuta Bishop Victor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid.

The migrant shelter started from a small, almost involuntary move by Ochoa and other Cúcuta leaders in 2015, when the Maduro administration began deporting thousands of Colombians from Venezuela.

U.S. Air Force Sends Aid to Town Near Venezuelan Border

10 days ago
Churches at Colombian border work to help Venezuelan refugees

The crowds of hungry Venezuelans seeking a free meal become bigger each month, as thousands of people flee food shortages, hyperinflation and crime in the South American country, with almost no savings to start their new life abroad.
[...]
The Divine Providence soup kitchen in Cucuta now provides around 4,000 free meals per day to migrants and refugees, four times as many as when it opened in 2017.
Venezuela's Maduro threatens border closure to block humanitarian aid
"as opposition leader Juan Guaido and some 80 lawmakers ran a gauntlet of roadblocks trying to get to the frontier to receive humanitarian aid"

Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas
finds thin crowd, WHOLE FOODS® pricing
eg. VEF 66,000 (~ USD 20.00) 2 lbs (0.9 Kg) dry pet kibble
VEF 85,000 (~ USD 30.00) 32oz (0.9 l) olive oil

archive border amenities
USAID.gov | THE UNITED STATES PRE-POSITIONS FIRST PHASE OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO PROVIDE AID TO VENEZUELANS - CUCUTA, COLOMBIA, 8 Feb
SANCTIONS AGAINST TRADE WITH VENEZUELA since 2006
How's that EU-IRAN SPV coming along?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 21st, 2019 at 11:34:03 PM EST
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