The Situation in Brief: What You Need to Know
Venezuela has been in economic and political turmoil since 2014, when oil prices began to decline, leading to a devastating recession. The government invested less in social programs, which worsened the situation for the country’s inhabitants. Food and medicine are in short supply, and child malnutrition is on the rise. Faced with this dire situation and limited economic opportunities, many Venezuelans are fleeing the country.
Colombia has become the largest destination country for those fleeing Venezuela, with an estimated influx of a million Venezuelans to date. In addition, nearly 70,000 Venezuelans have entered Brazil over the past year, with nearly 800 coming in every day. SOS Children’s Villages is helping Venezuelan children and families in both of these countries.