The deputy to the National Assembly, Gaby Arellano began a tour throughout Colombia to gather information on the status of Venezuelans in each region of that country in coordination with the foundation “Juntos Se Puede” (Together We Can).
The first stop of the tour began at the border point of Paraguachón, right at the border between Zulia State in Venezuela and La Guajira Colombia, specifically in the Maicao municipality of Colombia where they were received by the mayor Mohamad Jaafar Dasuki Haaj and other authorities who explained a great efforts made to attend “and offer a helping hand to Venezuelans.”
Furthermore, Arellano indicated that they visited the different settlements where there are thousands of Venezuelans and she explained that in the last year they have increased in size and number considerably “Especially by families in extreme poverty in a serious state of vulnerability, where conditions, especially with such high temperatures as there are in this part of La Guajira, as absence of drinking water and decent public services was evidenced. When they cross the border their conditions do not improve at all.”
She explained that 33 percent of the population of the Maicao municipality now are Venezuelan migrants and refugees “and the conditions of vulnerability in which our brothers find themselves are really worrying.”
Given this, she participated meetings held with Dr. Luis Ramírez of the risk unit, with the director of migration Colombia in La Guajira and in the company of the mayor Mohamad Dasuki “we were able to confirm the great efforts that are being made from the different levels of government of our neighboring country in synergy with the different international organizations and with social leaderships of Venezuelans, of the Wayú ethnic groups, who all try to be guides to be able to alleviate the strong impact of the Venezuelans fleeing Venezuela.”
Gaby Arellano celebrated the successful policy headed by Mayor Maicao Mohamad Dasuki “A man who comes from migrants and who has been giving a helping hand to thousands of Venezuelans, who understands the citizens fleeing the humanitarian emergency and who is doing a great job in the reception of our nationals. We are grateful that he has not indulged in any xenophobic discourse or pressure of any kind to create blockades for the Venezuelan population entering the neighboring country.”
She added that they also visited very short response camps because the demand is very high “and from here we say to the international community: The aid, the plans and the programs are insufficient. They must be increased and resources must be provided, especially into the Colombian healthcare system because in this sector of La Guajira and Maicao they are practically collapsed and on the verge of closing their healthcare aid systems.”
Arellano concluded by ratifying that it is necessary to make visible what is happening and at the same time that she will continue to visit the different departments of Magdalena, Bolívar and Atlántico “visiting precisely these places because it is where more Venezuelans have arrived and where they have increased considerably in recent months.”