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Border between Colombia and Venezuela Cúcuta on the stop

thousands of people are looking for in the Colombian border city of refuge and help before the crisis in Venezuela. The burdens for the residents to rise. The social peace is in danger.

she left her five-year-old daughter at grandma's in Venezuela, is a highly traveled pregnant for seven hours in the Bus to her second child healthy world - on the other side of the border, in Colombia.

"I'm here because you can't be treated in Venezuela, right, a friend of us died because there were complications at birth, and the materials were missing," says Mary Liz Nava. "You don't have to bring everything yourself, but drugs and materials, it is only on the black market and at exorbitant prices."

The young woman from Mérida is a 30-Venezuelans, the wait on this day, in front of the maternity ward in Cúcutas University hospital. The usually have never done it before an ultrasound examination - to afford practice in Venezuela, for the most expensive private.

refugees in Cúcuta.

malnutrition, measles, Dyphterie

in Cúcutas the state hospital care for emergencies in vain - and it's not just coming, says clinic Director Juan Augustin Ramírez Montoya Pregnant.

"The increases exponentially, and each year more. Including many high-risk pregnancies, because the women were never investigated, suffer from malnutrition," said the doctor. "In addition, there are suddenly again diseases like measles and Dyphterie, and many cases of Syphilis. My people are working now already at the Limit. Because, of course, we let no one sit on the road, which brings us praise and pats on the shoulder, but I don't pay Overtime and wages."

25.000 Venezuelans has included the emergency Department in the last three years, for months, treated regularly, twice as many patients as intended - with the same workforce. In the household of Cúcutas largest clinic in a hole of the equivalent of almost 12 million euros. And what applies to the hospital, the Rest of the border town - to stay in the average, every day, about 35,000 Venezuelans commute, every Tenth in order.


"The Colombian government is responsible for emergencies of immigrants, is financed from the Budget intended for the poor, the Displaced, and people without insurance,: poor to compete with the migrants to the few, what is there, because the state is in Cúcuta for decades, is barely present. Here are two crises come together," says Oscar Javier Calderón, from the migrants network of the Jesuits, a dozen Church organizations that provide assistance.

as well as international aid organizations, the local-in-exile Association of Venezuelans, local businesses and neighbors - the solidarity is enormous, and finally, thousands of Colombians fled once before the civil war in the neighboring country and Cúcutas economic lives almost exclusively on trade with Venezuela.

However, the social peace hangs by a thread: "Yes, slow is the suffering, one comes to a street corner and immediately to storm, five, eight, ten Venezuelans to you, asking for a handout. They work for any price, and everyone has to tell a heartbreaking story. I'll help Yes, but I've got nothing. And some of them take advantage of you to steal. The city is sinking in a big mess", so only Carlos Durán, the head of a car-part trading not think.

criticism from the mayor

With Venezuela's crash, broke his shops - now market-bloom in the city, especially the smuggling and black. Many feel that the government in Bógota left alone - as President Ivan Duque, a month ago in the city was to require side-by-side with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó, to allow Trucks with a of foreign aid to the neighboring country, infuriated mayor César Rojas in the local city TV:

"We see the crisis in Venezuela, and we feel it every day, but there are also internal problems, nobody is interested in," said the city chief. "Now it has intensified the Drama in Venezuela, and our difficulties are not less, on the contrary. There is large unemployment, no prospects, no solution approaches for Cúcuta."

Mary Liz Nava has brought in Cúcutas University hospital, in the meantime, a little girl in the world. There are already born now more Venezuelan than Colombian babies.

Venezuela: "beat people down", 24.02.2019 Atlas |Colombia |Bogota


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