Venezue­lans flock to Colom­bia in search of food and drugs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of Venezue­lans poured across the bor­der into Colom­bia to buy es­sen­tial goods dur­ing a brief open­ing of the bor­der that has been closed for nearly a year.

After or­der­ing the bor­der closed last Au­gust for se­cu­rity rea­sons, Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro au­tho­rised a max­i­mum 12-hour open­ing of the pedes­trian bridge con­nect­ing Tachira, Venezuela and Cu­cuta, Colom­bia, on July 10.

Eco­nom­i­cally rav­aged Venezuela has suf­fered food and medicine short­ages for months, a rip­ple ef­fect from the fall­ing price of oil, the coun­try’s pri­mary ex­port. Crit­ics also blame grave mis­han­dling of the state-led econ­omy.

Some 500 des­per­ate Venezue­lans il­le­gally stormed the bor­der last week in search of ba­sic goods.

“There’s no medicine for chil­dren … Chil­dren are dy­ing,” Tu­lia So­maza said. “Peo­ple don’t even have soap to wash clothes.” –

Photo: AFP

Venezue­lans buy gro­ceries at a su­per­mar­ket in Colom­bia on July 10. Venezuela is in a free-fall after the col­lapse of the price of oil, its pri­mary ex­port.

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