The US announces new aid of 48 million dollars for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. The US government urged the regime of Nicolás Maduro to allow the entry of international aid to Venezuela, including food and medicine, “to meet humanitarian needs.”
NATIONS The vice president Mike Pence announced today at the UN a new aid package of 48 million dollars to Latin American countries receiving refugees and Venezuelan immigrants, bringing the total US aid to 95 million.
Million Dollars for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement the new aid package from the United States.
“The United States remains concerned about the struggle that Venezuelans face every day to meet the basic needs of their families amid the chaos and repression unleashed by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro, and calls for greater support for the welfare of the Venezuelan people and the restoration of their democracy, “ Sanders said.
The spokeswoman explained that “The United States urges the Maduro regime to immediately allow international aid, including food and medicine, to reach Venezuela on a scale sufficient to meet the growing humanitarian needs.”
The new consignment will be used to provide food aid to Venezuelan refugees and, in addition, will provide more resources to health centers so that they can offer primary care and first aid, as well as psychological assistance and nutritional supplements, according to the note.
The game benefits Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, among other nations.
The US has allocated a total of 95 million dollars for humanitarian aid to Venezuelan displaced persons in Latin America since the beginning of the fiscal year 2017, that is, from October 1, 2016.
Of those 95 million dollars, 23.5 million have been destined to Colombia, the country that receives the largest number of Venezuelans.
Approximately 35,000 Venezuelans cross the border with Colombia every day, some in search of medicines and food, and others of a better future to settle permanently.
Communique From the Department of State
Vice President Mike Pence announced today, during the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, NY, that additional US humanitarian assistance will be allocated for more than USD 48 million to Venezuelan citizens affected by the crisis caused for human action in Venezuela.
These funds will help provide affected Venezuelans with emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, shelter, protection from violence and exploitation, and opportunities for work and education, in coordination with other NGOs and government partners. These funds include contributions to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to meet the humanitarian needs of Venezuelan citizens vulnerable throughout the region. The funds also support the emergency response initiatives of the UN World Food Program, to help feed Venezuelans in Colombia, as well as those who recently arrived in Ecuador. They also finance non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan citizens and the communities that host them in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and other countries in the region.
With this additional USD 48 million, the total of US humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Venezuelan citizens and for the neighboring communities that receive those who have fled amounts to more than USD 95 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017. To this total volume of USD 95 million in humanitarian assistance, USD 23.5 million in economic assistance and development for Colombia, in order to increase its capacity to welcome Venezuelans who arrive in the country.
The United States remains extremely alarmed by the enormous difficulties that Venezuelans face every day to meet the basic needs of their families in a context of chaos and repression by the Maduro regime and urges that the funding for the welfare of the people be increased. Venezuela and the restoration of its democracy. The United States also urges the Maduro regime to immediately allow international assistance, including food and medicine, to enter Venezuela on a scale sufficient to respond to the growing humanitarian needs.
The United States greatly appreciates the generosity and compassion of the countries of the hemisphere that are hosting hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their country. The United States recognizes the humanitarian contributions of all donors and urges them to contribute additional funds to respond to the growing crisis.
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