Lisette and her family were forced to leave Venezuela because her son, Alexander, was developing health problems and Lisette could not afford the services and medications he needed. The family moved to Lago Agrio, Ecuador where Alexander now attends a specialized educational unit and receives regular medical attention. © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
Jennifer Contreras, 23, holds her 5-month-old daughter Aranstha at a child-friendly space near the border of Venezuela and Colombia, where basic health services and a legal orientation are provided by UNHCR, the Red Cross and Norwegian Refugee Council. © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
Cindy and her family are visiting the community diner in northern Ecuador where they can have a free meal. They arrived in Ibarra four months ago after being forced to leave flee their country because of gang violence. © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
Johnny José Gonzalez takes Portuguese lessons at the EMEF José Maria Whitaker municipal school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Johnny is originally from Cumaná, Venezuela. When he first fled to Brazil, he entered through Boa Vista, where most refugees arrive from Venezuela. © UNHCR/Gabo Morales
Venezuelans are fleeing the country at an alarming rate, taking refuge in neighboring Latin American countries. Colombia hosts the highest number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, with over 1.1 million. It is followed by Peru, with 506,000, Chile 288,000, Ecuador 221,000, Argentina 130,000 and Brazil 96,000.
“The countries of the region have shown tremendous solidarity with refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and implemented resourceful solutions to help them.” said Eduardo Stein, joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
People like Lisette and Johnny are now living in neighboring countries where they are finally able to access food, medical care, legal services, educational opportunities and more.
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Original reporting by UNHCR and IOM on 2.22.19
Mar 1 2019