Volunteers help 40,000 Venezuelan immigrants in Roraima

Humanitarian action provides food, clothing and medical care to refugees. About 60% are children

The social program ‘The People of the Community’ (POC), held another Unisocial event on March 15 in Roraima. The regular events have already benefited 40 thousand Venezuelans since the year 2017, where the migratory crisis began. Food donations and medical care were offered to Venezuelans on the border between Brazil and Venezuela, located in the city of Pacaraima.

Aílton Duarte, the coordinator of the state’s POC, explains that the group’s main concern today has been with children, as they would be the majority among the refugees. “Every Venezuelan arrives in Roraima with at least two children. I believe that an adult can understand the current difficulty that is found, but a child, normally, not, “laments the coordinator.

“Last year, we saw these little ones looking for food in the trash – from the famine they were passing. Thank God and the help of many people, we are managing to ease this situation, “said Ailton.

Food, clothing and drinking water are also donated to immigrants fleeing Venezuela in search of survival conditions, as their country no longer supplies.

The March 15 action was also attended by nurses who checked the pressure and sent the Venezuelans who were with altered pictures to the nearest health post.

According to the coordinator, the actions are being intensified for the Venezuelans who are outside the shelters, because they are hidden in the country and this creates difficulties for the government’s help to reach them. “In addition to hunger and thirst, many need medical attention, because they are sick and have injured their feet by walking from their country to Brazil for help,” concluded Aílton.

Outlook for worsening

UN survey points out that, daily, about five thousand people leave Venezuela in search of better living conditions.

The few businesses that remain open in the country work precariously, with almost no products and few employees. Food is one of the few items sold in local currency – sovereigns bolivars.

Another consequence of the chaos in the country is the increase in beggars and the population living on the streets, the slimming of the people and, in more serious cases, malnutrition among children and the elderly.

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