In Venezuela, many people face extreme difficulty affording food. They queue for household goods only to find the prices have risen again. They live in fear of falling ill – knowing the health system is collapsing and there’s a shortage of medicines. Fuel is in short supply as the economic, social and political crisis deepens.
More than 5.9 million people have been forced to leave the country. As refugees, they are at risk of sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence.
People like Daisy have been forced to make impossible decisions.
Daisy was six months pregnant with her third child when she discovered she had an infection that put her baby at risk. Along with her husband, Alejandro, she prepared to leave Venezuela in the hope of getting treatment, and giving birth somewhere safe. They had no choice but to leave their two daughters with their grandparents and began an uncomfortable week-long bus journey to Quito, Ecuador.
The crisis in Venezuela is tearing so many families apart.
One in four Venezuelans are in need of humanitarian assistance
What can be done?
With your support, the UN Refugee Agency has a strong presence at key border crossing points to help provide essentials for people fleeing from danger. Often, people have walked for days, and arrive with nothing. They may be pregnant women, mothers with babies, unaccompanied children, or older people. Your support helps provide food, water, hygiene kits and shelter, as well as helping ensure people who have become refugees know about their right to seek asylum.
We’re also working with the governments of countries that are hosting refugees to help ensure their needs are met.
Please, if you can, help support people in Venezuela and around the world who are forced to leave their homes.