Over 11 Million Venezuelans Have Crossed the Colombian Border since August

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 16, 2016, 12:27 pm
Around 92% of Venezuelans coming into de country do it for food, cleaning products and medicine, which are all scarce in their country (El Confidencial)
Around 92 percent of Venezuelans coming into de country do it for food, cleaning products and medicine, which are all scarce in their country (El Confidencial)

EspañolOver 11 million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border since August’s reopening, with Colombian officials reporting that a little more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have entered, and around the same number have crossed back.

According to officials, about 92 percent of Venezuelans entering Colombia do so to buy food, sanitary products or medicine that are scarce in their own country.

The difference between the number of entries and exits —  close to 65,000 — corresponds to the people who remain in Colombia to take advantage of the possibility of being granted an immigration card needed for longer stays.

Officials also said 95 percent of the people that move across the border do through the department of Norte de Santander, where there are three open crossings points.

The Colombian-Venezuelan border was closed almost a year ago by order of President Nicolás Maduro, but was reopened last August.

Source:  El Nacional

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Venezuela’s Catholic Church Predicts Civil War if Dialogue Fails

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 16, 2016, 10:05 am

EspañolVenezuela's Catholic Church predicts civil war if the dialogue between President Nicolás Maduro's administration and the country's political opposition doesn't come to fruition. Venezuelan Episcopal Conference Spokesman Pedro Pablo Aguilar responded to a question in Rome regarding whether he thought the country was heading toward a civil war, to which he responded, "if the dialogue doesn't move forward, it's possible." Aguilar traveled to Rome with Venezuelan Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, who is set to be made a Cardinal by Pope Francis November 19. In his statements, Aguilar was emphatic about his position against Nicolas Maduro and his aggressive behavior that has come to define his presidency. Read More: Obama: Trump Can’t Scrap Free Trade with Mexico So Easily Read More: Trump Promises Argentina’s Macri the Best Bilateral Relationship Ever Aguilar said there has been 18 years of hate speech, and lamented the fact that if you aren't in favor of Maduro's government, then you are its enemy. "I'm not saying that the political actors of the opposition haven't been violent" he said. "But the current government has proven it's ready, because they have military and weapons." He said he was saddened that the residents of Venezuela are becoming "increasingly poor" and confirmed that the country is in a situation of humanitarian crisis. Nearly two children die each day from malnutrition, he said, and every week at least 200 other people are killed while the country struggles for medicine and food. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Aguilar was asked about the role played by former President of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in creating dialogues between the two sides. Maduro reportedly sees him as a friend to the government, and tips the scales in their favor. Finally, Aguilar celebrated that Pope Francis has decided to make Porras Cardozo a cardinal at the end of the month, recognizing the naming as an "endorsement of the Venezuelan Church." Source: El Nacional

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