For some Venezuelans, oil has become a curse

For decades, the health of Lake Maracaibo has been sacrificed at the altar of Venezuela’s oil industry. Now that the industry is in tatters, those who depend on the polluted lake are left with little hope of it ever recovering. (Oct. 11)

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Venezuelans display hundreds of migrant shoes against xenophobia | AFP

A group of Venezuelan activists display hundreds of shoes belonging to migrants in a square in the Colombian capital, as a way to draw attention to issues that affect Venezuelans and to call for an end to xenophobia.

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Venezuelans react to Duque authorizing nationality for their children | AFP

Venezuelans in Bogota react to President Ivan Duque signing an order allowing 24,000 children born in the country to Venezuelan parents and risking statelessness to be given Colombian nationality.

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Big break for Venezuelan migrant singer on streets of Bogota

Venezuelan migrant Alexander Beja performs on the streets of Colombia’s capital. The 22-year-old aspiring singer was discovered by Mario Domm with the Mexican pop group Camila after a chance encounter. He’s now been invited to record a song in Mexico. Beja hopes his story will be a symbol of hope for the more than 1.4 million Venezuelans who have fled their country’s crisis.

Venezuelans protest against lack of basic services | AFP

Venezuelan opposition supporters protest against the Sao Paulo Forum and the lack of basic services, a day after of Caracas’ 452th Anniversary.

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Mormon tycoon helps Venezuelans start over in Brazil | AFP

Brazilian tycoon Carlos Wizard Martins has never set foot in Venezuela, but the Mormon businessman is on a mission from God to help thousands of desperate migrants crossing the border to restart their lives. At 62 and nearing retirement from businesses including Taco Bell and Mundo Verde that have turned him into a self-described billionaire, Martins is living on the Brazil-Venezuela border where he runs a volunteer network assisting migrants settle in other parts of Brazil.

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US sanctions overwhelm Venezuelans | AFP

A decrease in sales, a shortage of gasoline, sick children suffering from lack of treatment: the sanctions imposed by the government of the United States overwhelm Venezuelans already experiencing a severe economic crisis.

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AFPTV looks back on the Venezuelan crisis from start of 2019 | AFP

AFPTV rewinds to the beginning of 2019 and takes a look at how the Venezuelan crisis has evolved with the appearance of opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as president by over 50 countries across the world, the continuing exodus of Venezuelans fleeing their home country and the serious lack of medication and food, putting lives in jeopardy.

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Colombia police try to block illegal immigration from Venezuela | AFP

Colombian police block a group of Venezuelans, desperate for food and medicine, using illegal routes as they attempt to cross the border into Colombia.

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Venezuelans adopt recycling to make ends meet

In Venezuela, the financial hopes of Eliset González are riding on a niche trade. Each day, González sits at a marketplace kiosk in Caracas and repairs broken light bulbs for people who can’t afford new ones in the crisis-torn nation. (June 11)

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