In a humanitarian gesture, Colombia is giving citizenship to more than 24,000 babies of Venezuelan refugees born in the country, who would otherwise be undocumented. “To those who want to use xenophobia for political goals, we take the path of fraternity,” said President Iván Duque. This in spite of the strain on the country’s resources.
Nearly 4 million Venezuelans have fled economic and political turmoil in their country. Americans hear more about the refugee crisis at the US-Mexican border, but thousands cross the Venezuelan-Colombian border every day. They flee food shortages, blackouts and hyperinflation caused by the country’s catastrophic economic collapse.
This picture below is from a Cornish family’s year long sojourn in Colombia where many Venezuelans have found refuge. Some enterprising soul has found a way to make a peso.….. making them into purses and wallets to sell!
“With inflation running at over 1,000,000% Venezuelan bank notes are worthless….. Sad, but resourceful.” See their blog : https://brierleysouthamericanadventure.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/visits-and-venezuelans/comment-page-1/?unapproved=145&moderation-hash=6be59317727dd3e01958da9fc25a4543#comment-145