In response to the growing number of Venezuelan immigrants into Colombian territory, the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FIHF) has been working more and more with attending to the basic needs of those who decided to leave their country of origin and flee from the political, economic and social crisis.
According to the data published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around 1.1 million Venezuelans crossed the border and immigrated to Colombia, which is currently the country that receives most of these immigrants and refugees. The majority arrive on foot to the city of Cúcuta, which is on the border with Venezuela. Without even knowing where they will go next, all have the same desire: a new opportunity for a more dignified life.
And it is in that setting that the missionaries of the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Missions (FIHM) are active in offering help to the brothers and sisters in need. They receive the walkers at the support points and there provide first aid, help with food, offer a place to rest, and psychological support. It is a work carried out together with other partner organizations.
In the video, you will get to know the story of Humberto Riaño, a Colombian that went to Venezuela on vacation and ended up staying there for 35 years. Because of the crisis, he also had to leave the country that had become his home.
Just like Humberto’s story, there are many stories being written along these roads and times of immigration. The missionaries are ready to offer help and attention today to those who are suffering.
And you? Are you ready to walk by the side of the refugees, in fraternity, helping them to stand up again? Find out about the Colombian Mission and get to know how to become part of this work.