Venezuelans flock to Colombia in search of food and drugs
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.” –
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.