Red Cross Says 1 Million People Entered Colombia Amid Venezuela Crisis

At least one million people have entered Colombia from Venezuela since President Nicolas Maduro’s government descended into crisis last year, a senior Red Cross official told AFP Wednesday.

The health director at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Emanuele Capobianco, said that not all have stayed in Colombia as displaced people, with some moving on to other countries in the region.

“To date we know that approximately one million people have entered Colombia through official migration points, and we don’t know how many have entered Colombia through unofficial migration points,” he said in a phone interview in Geneva, specifying that this movement had occurred “since mid-2017.”

With the economic crisis in Venezuela intensifying, an estimated 37,000 people were now moving across the Colombian border each day, he added.

On a recent trip to the region, Capobianco said he witnessed “a constant stream of people,” leaving Venezuela, some with their belongings strapped to the backs.

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Source: Yahoo