[Bogotá, Colombia, 07 April 2021] At least 5,500 people from Venezuela had crossed the border between Apure and the Colombian department of Arauca in the last two weeks. They are escaping violent clashes between the Venezuelan military and Colombian irregular armed groups operating in their territory. Women and girls crossing are at risk of gender-based violence or sexual abuse while crossing into Colombia.
What CARE International does in Venezuela
Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to political instability and economic collapse. Millions have fled Venezuela in search of safety and a better life in neighboring countries. Millions more remain in Venezuela and need humanitarian assistance. Thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and people are contracting formerly eradicated diseases such as measles.
Venezuelan migrants face exploitation, xenophobia, and forced labor, and women and girls face gender-based violence and trafficking.
In 2018, CARE International began scaling up operations in Latin America to meet growing needs in the region. In partnership with national organizations, we provide cash vouchers and food and nutrition services as well as critical health service referrals and psycho-social support to vulnerable Venezuelans and the communities hosting them in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. CARE International also organizes awareness-raising activities around gender-based violence.