Despite COVID-19, New Wave of Venezuelan Migrants Heads to Colombia

Venezuelans face an increasingly dysfunctional economy in which fuel shortages make basic transportation impossible, and basic goods and services are so expensive that most cannot afford them.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Yaidis Colmenares’ tired and gaunt face leaves little need for explanation as to why the desperate Venezuelan mother of three is fleeing her native country for Colombia.

The 37-year-old weighs 19 kilos (42 pounds) less than she did 10 years ago, she says. She could barely afford to buy food with the money she earned selling candy on the metro in Caracas, amid a strict coronavirus quarantine.

Last week, she walked and hitchhiked 800 kilometers (500 miles) to Venezuela’s western border city of San Cristobal in the hope of reaching neighboring Colombia with . . .

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