Venezuela reopens border crossing with Colombia

Venezuela reopens border crossing with Colombia”

Venezuelan border guards dressed in green uniforms helped control the crowd.

Venezuelans showing their IDs line up to cross the Simon Bolivar worldwide bridge into Cucuta, Colombia, Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Jolie, after visiting a border area, praised Colombia's treatment of the Venezuelan migrants, the biggest migratory influx in Colombian history.

On Friday, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said that 4 million Venezuelans, or nearly 15 percent of the population, have left the country to escape its economic and political crises. "We are a people of peace who firmly defend our independence", he wrote. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered the partial re-opening of the border that has been closed since February when he stationed containers on the bridge to block an opposition plan to deliver humanitarian aid into the country.

Following the visit, the Colombian president, whose country has received 1.3 million refugees from Venezuela, said he hoped Jolie's visit would raise attention to the seriousness of the migration crisis.

The number of Venezuelans who have left their country in recent years has surpassed 4 million, the United Nations said Friday ahead of a visit to the region by UNHCR envoy Angelina Jolie. His government last month opened the border with Brazil and the island of Aruba, but the Aruba authorities said the border would remain closed.

The dire situation has pushed Venezuelans to leave the country amid hyperinflation and goods shortages.

"These alarming figures highlight the urgent need to support host communities in the receiving countries", said Eduardo Stein, the U.N.'s Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, in a statement.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Saturday urged the global community to provide more support to three South American countries with the most migrants from crisis-hit Venezuela, saying 20,000 Venezuelan children are at risk of being without basic citizenship rights.

"The president and I spoke of the risk of statelessness for more than 20,000 Venezuelan children", Jolie said.

Relations between Venezuela and Colombia, who share a land border stretching 2,220 kilometres, have been broken since February 23 when Duque announced his support for Guaido.

Maduro accuses his foes of plotting with Washington to bring about a coup.

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