Venezuela website Armando.info is getting the ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Award for its work shedding light on the country’s food subsidy program. The articles raised hackles in Venezuela and forced four reporters into exile.
In South America, cities are straining under one of the largest migratory waves in the region’s history. The United Nations says millions of Venezuelans are now living abroad, many of them going to Colombia.
Colombian President Iván Duque called on the world to take decisive action to end the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, saying “the end of the dictatorship, the return of democracy and outright freedom is the only possible path.”
Luis Almagro, head of the Organization of American States, said the immoral “dictatorship” in Venezuela was the prime driver of a migration crisis in the region as a Venezuelan exodus strains other nations.
Colombia has become the fourth leading destination for foreigners seeking cosmetic surgeries. But a lack of laws and regulations mean their surgery can wind up in the hands of a general physician or even a dentist.
More than 440,000 undocumented Venezuelans living in Colombia will receive residency and work papers under a decree signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday, who said the measure was a humanitarian necessity for people escaping hunger and disease amid a broad economic and social collapse.
As Venezuelans continue to flee their country, some are dying broke and far from home. One coroner in northern Colombia is claiming their bodies and giving them a dignified burial at her cemetery ‘People Like Us.’
The fight over who will profit from the San José shipwreck, sunk off the coast of Colombia by the British in 1708, has dragged on for almost four decades. At stake are billions worth of gold, silver and emeralds.