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Venezuela Crisis: Dangers to Children

Escape from hunger and poverty

Little Maikel (photo above) from Venezuela clings tiredly to her mother. The young woman left Venezuela because she no longer saw a future for her family there. She will now continue her arduous journey to Colombia on foot. The situation in Venezuela is chaotic and many families do not know how to buy their children something to eat.

Many parents leave their country out of concern for the future of their children.

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Migration brings dangers to children

Children and young people are exposed to great risks during their flight, in the reception centers and also in the countries of arrival. Many of them experience xenophobia and face discrimination. Some are separated from their families during the escape. Other girls and boys are victims of violence, abuse and exploitation.

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At some border stations it takes several days until the Venezuelans get the longed-for stamp in their passport and can continue their arduous journey.

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Jose Ramon was a fisherman in Venezuela. But then he lost his job and could no longer support his family. Now he is on his way to Ecuador. Will he find work there?

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A group of Venezuelan migrants illegally cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia. The little path leads them to a country where they hope for a better future.

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Many Venezuelans commute back and forth between countries: they leave the country early in the morning to buy groceries on the other side of the border, get medical treatment or go to school. In the evening they return to Venezuela.

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These children, for example, cross the border into Colombia every morning at 5 a.m. From there they take the bus to Cucuta, where they can go to school.

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UNICEF helps children in Venezuela and the region

In Venezuela itself, the situation for children has worsened. Diseases like measles - which could be avoided with a vaccination - are on the rise again. More than a million children are currently out of school. Many lack basic health care and food. Several million people currently have no clean water.

This is how we are there for children in Venezuela

Malnutrition checks: Our health workers check whether the children are malnourished. We help malnourished children with special food so that they can regain their strength quickly.

Water and hygiene: We distribute washing and hygiene sets (with soap and disinfectant) and deliver clean drinking water to the region. And we explain the most important hygiene rules.

Education: So that the children can go to school regularly, we advocate the right of children to education in the participating countries. We also distribute learning materials.

Mobile health teams: We offer basic health services to families. For example, we vaccinate the children and treat them when they are sick.

Child protection: We set up child-friendly rooms in which the girls and boys can play, do handicrafts and learn in a protected environment. There you also have contact persons for your problems and worries.

Develop guidelines: We work with the governments of Venezuela's neighboring countries to develop guidelines on how migrant children can best be protected. A particular focus is on unaccompanied children.

UNICEF help on site: clean water, vaccinations, child protection

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Important protection against illness: 7-year-old Liliani learns from a UNICEF employee how important it is to wash your hands thoroughly.

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"I drank dirty water once. Then I got a fever and became very ill," says Duglianis (9 years old). Now she is happy to be able to fill herself with clean drinking water.

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"The most important thing for me is that he stays healthy," says Belmar about her four-month-old son Sahid. To do this, she carried him to the Colombian border town of Cucuta. Sahid receives vital vaccinations in a health center supported by UNICEF.

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In Ecuador, UNICEF is setting up large tents right behind the border with Colombia so that Venezuelans who have crossed the border can rest.

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With a tape measure, UNICEF helpers can easily check whether a child is malnourished. Fortunately for this boy, his weight is okay.

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Finally play, do handicrafts or sing in peace again! The child-friendly zones that UNICEF is setting up for migrant children make it possible and give children a safe space.

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Your donation for children in Venezuela

With your support, we would like to continue our aid programs for the children in Venezuela and the region. Because the girls and boys have the right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

Your help arrives - thank you very much for any support!

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Why are so many people fleeing Venezuela?

Several million Venezuelans have left their country. The reason: Venezuela is in a serious political and economic crisis. Hyperinflation has made the money virtually worthless. Countless Venezuelans are impoverished and can no longer buy enough food and drink for themselves and their families. As a result, many children are malnourished. Long-lasting power outages occur again and again. Medical care in the country has collapsed - there is a lack of drugs and medical equipment.

People are fleeing from chaos, poverty and hunger. They urgently need food, drinking water, medical care and security.