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These have been the consequences of the Venezuelan crisis in the largest country in South America

Brazil: Why was a state declared in 'vulnerable conditions'?

Brazil's president, Michel Temer, declared a few days ago that the border state of Roraima is in a "situation of vulnerability". The reason: the massive influx of Venezuelans fleeing the humanitarian crisis afflicting their country has set off alarms and forced the Brazilian nation take "urgent measures" to deal with the influx of refugees.

"President Temer recognized by decree vulnerable as a result of disorderly migratory flow caused by the humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela", said the spokesman for the Brazilian presidency, Alexandre Parola, in a statement in Brasilia conducted the February 16th.

Likewise, the president of the South American giant said it must implement urgent measures to provide humanitarian assistance to the thousands of Venezuelans who have come to Brazil. According to figures cited by the government, it is estimated that at least 40,000 Venezuelans refugees in Boa Vista, capital of the border state of Roraima, which had a population of 320,000 inhabitants, but by the time the figure has to be increased considerably, since even it has been reported the formation of new composite favelas only by Venezuelans.

The measures proposed by President Temer and supervised by a Federal Committee for Emergency Assistance composed of federal, state and municipal authorities, ensure the health, food, human rights and security of Venezuelan immigrants arriving in Brazil in a vulnerable situation .

Xenophobia in the middle of aid

Despite aid adopted by different Latin American countries to assist Venezuelans who come in search of job opportunities, medical care or food countries have been common and growing reports of acts of xenophobia against citizens of the Bolivarian country who are refugees in other places.

A few days ago, a man in Brazil decided to set fire to a house inhabited Boa Vista several Venezuelans, in an act of "rage" by the presence of them in the city. In the event five people were injured, including a three year old. According to information provided by the head of the General Homicide, Cristian Camapum, man "he developed an aversion against Venezuelans to be disputing a 'space'. Somehow was hurt, he said he was beaten on the street, and has had conflicts with other Venezuelans".

Discrimination cases and similar to this violence have been reported in cities of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, where Venezuelans and local star in physical encounters or exchanged insults, where urge refugees citizens to leave the place and confront situations in your country origin.

Like Colombia, Brazil announced that it will double its military presence on the border with Venezuela in order to monitor the influx of immigrants. In response, the Brazilian defense minister, Raul Jungmann, local media specified in previous statements that the measure is taken to exert better control over the area, but in no case will more Venezuelans be prevented from entering the country.

It parallels the humanitarian aid that have Brazil after declaring the state of Roraima in vulnerable situations, also it announced that in Pacaraima, a region that marks the border with Venezuela and is the main entry point of Venezuelans, a field hospital will be installed to serve both themselves and entrants and strengthen the public network of the city of just 100,000 inhabitants and which has been affected due to the influence of Venezuelans who enter.


Latin American Post | Krishna Jaramillo

Translated from "Brasil: ¿Por qué un estado fue declarado en “situación de vulnerabilidad”?"

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