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Maduro opens border with Colombia, shut down over opposition’s aid-smuggling attempt

Maduro opens border with Colombia, shut down over opposition’s aid-smuggling attempt

Long lines of Venezuelans stood at two global bridges near the city of Cúcuta waiting to have their documents checked by Colombian officials, with some carrying children on their shoulders. The South American country closed its border with Colombia in February as the Venezuela opposition party sought to import foreign aid to the South American country.

Four million Venezuelan refugees and migrants had fled the economic and humanitarian crisis in their homeland, according to statistics from the United Nations. "We are a people of peace who firmly defend our independence", he wrote.

Venezuela has experienced a massive economic and political crisis under Maduro, who won a second term in an election boycotted by most of the opposition a year ago.

More than a million Venezuelan refugees and migrants live in Colombia, where the government and aid agencies have scrambled to provide housing, food and healthcare to their ever-growing influx.

The once-wealthy oil nation is now facing severe shortages of basic goods and hyperinflation that is expected to surpass 10 million percent this year, according to a recent International Monetary Fund estimate. The chaos has been further aggravated by USA sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports and has forced an estimated 5,000 people to leave the country each day, according to the United Nation's refugee agency.

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"These alarming figures highlight the urgent need to support host communities in the receiving countries", said Eduardo Stein, the U.N.'s Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, in a statement.

Mexico and countries in Central America and the Caribbean are also hosting significant numbers of refugees and migrants from Venezuela.

He, Jolie and UNHCR officials had a productive meeting on Saturday morning, Duque said, including a discussion about how to nationalize the stateless children.

The announcement comes months after Maduro severed diplomatic relations with Colombia and other countries. Speaking in May, Venezuelan Vice President of the Economy Tareck El Aissami said that the border with Colombia and the islands would remain locked down "until the hostility and enabling of paramilitary groups to attack our people cease." .

Mr. Guaido, who has been recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, attempted to bring food and hygiene supplies into the country in February.


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