Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that as of June 2018, an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans, out of the 32.8 million people who live there, have fled the country — mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. People cite lack of food as their main reason for fleeing, with reportedly 1.3 million people suffering from malnourishment.
JE: I think it was very clear today at the humanitarian task force that we are entering a new chapter in this very long, very bloody, very cruel, very bitter war in Syria. Hopefully we are seeing the beginning of the end to the big war. There are signs that we may now have access to people we were fighting to get access to for a very long time, and that some of the cruel practices of the war may be coming to an end.
In Colombia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that at least 14,108 people have been left homeless due to heavy rainfall since July across Colombia’s Orinoquia region. The flooding of various rivers has worsened humanitarian needs and the number of affected people is likely to rise as rain will continue this month.