Government of Australia to provide humanitarian aid to Venezuelan Crisis

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The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has become an urgent problem for Latin America and the world. We call for the Government of Australia to provide aid to the Venezuelan migration crisis.

Globally, countries that have recognised Interim President Juan Guaidó such as Spain, Canada, the USA, and the EU have begun to send humanitarian aid to regional neighbours such as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Brasil, who are struggling to accommodate the estimated 5 million Venezuelans who will have left the country by the end of 2019.

While aid is currently (22 Feb) blocked from entering Venezuela, its neighbours desperately need aid delivered to the borders of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Brasil, in order to:

  • Run campaigns against xenophobia;
  • Provide humanitarian assistance at the borders of Peru and Ecuador;
  • Provide information regarding protection services, since reports of violence, trafficking, sexual and labour exploitation of Venezuelan refugee and migrant women are rising;
  • Access to education services for children, including supplies and uniforms;
  • Access to health services, including sexual reproductive health services, as refugees and migrants are facing obstacles due to lack of documentation;
  • Training to local authorities on humanitarian standards to provide assistance to refugees and migrants;
  • Provide shelter, food, and water for refugees and migrants who are resting prior to continuing their walk towards their final destinations.

We, the undersigned, call on the Government of Australia, through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to join the international movement to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Venezuela's neighbours Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brasil.