#EstamosUnidosVE: Venezuela Regional Crisis Response

#EstamosUnidosVE: Venezuela Regional Crisis Response

Venezuela is experiencing a political and economic crisis – marked by devastating hyperinflation – that has led to severe food and medicine shortages and has driven three million people to flee their once-prosperous country since 2014.

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Venezuela is experiencing a political and economic crisis – marked by devastating hyperinflation – that has led to severe food and medicine shortages and has driven three million people to flee their once-prosperous country since 2014.

"As good neighbors and supporters of the Venezuelan people, we are glad to be able to help, but we all know that this action is merely a short-term response, not a solution. For the sake of the Venezuelan people and the entire region, we must hope that the Maduro regime releases its crushing grip and that we see a return to democracy and to rule of law, for the sake of the Venezuelan people who deserve a peaceful, hopeful future." – Administrator Green


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Last updated: September 18, 2019

March 11, 2019

This budget supports USAID’s efforts to aggressively communicate the stark differences between authoritarian financing tools and the approach that we and our allied donor nations use. Our approach is true assistance. It helps partner nations build their own self-reliance and a more dynamic, private enterprise-driven future. It incentivizes reform to spur private enterprise and free markets, attract investments, and again, foster self-reliance.

We also aim to help partner countries recognize the costs of alternative models, like those of China and Russia. Their approach seeks to weaken confidence in democratic and free market systems, saddle countries with unsustainable debt, lead to the forfeiture of strategic resources, and further the militaristic ambitions of those authoritarian actors. In coming weeks, we will unveil a framework that we’ll use to help counter malign Kremlin influence, especially in Europe and Eurasia and Central Asia, and this budget supports that work.

March 7, 2019

We'll continue to support Interim President Guaidó's effort to deliver aid to his people in Venezuela, and we will continue to support Colombia and others that are hosting Venezuelans who have fled. We all recognize that humanitarian assistance, however badly it is needed, is treatment not cure. It cannot address the root cause of the problem. So long as Maduro and his cronies continue to crush the people, their economy and their hope, this crisis will worsen. They deserve a return to democracy, rule of law, and citizen-responsive governance.

March 7, 2019

Today, the United States airlifted additional humanitarian relief supplies from Florida to Cúcuta, Colombia, intended to help people affected by the man-made political and economic crisis in Venezuela.

March 7, 2019

We all realize that humanitarian assistance, no matter how badly it is needed, is treatment, not a cure. It cannot address the root cause of the problem. So long as Maduro and his cronies continue to crush the people of Venezuela, their economy, and their hope, this crisis will worsen. As in Cuba, Nicaragua, and other places where people are suffering under authoritarianism, we know the answer to Venezuela’s problem is human liberty and democracy, which remain the highest and best hope for people everywhere.

Venezuelans deserve a return to democracy, rule of law, and citizen-responsive governance. Despite the current turmoil, I am optimistic that a brighter day is ahead. The doomsayers talk as though freedom is in irreversible decline, but the only way freedom and democracy will fall away is if we let them. Interim President Guaidó, and the other Venezuelans I have spoken with during my travels throughout the region, are determined not to let that happen, and we are proud to stand with them in their struggle.

March 6, 2019

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with The Honorable Carlos Vecchio, the Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States. Administrator Green underscored the continuing resolve of the United States to help relieve the man-made suffering inside Venezuela. Administrator Green and Ambassador Vecchio discussed plans for positioning more relief supplies to meet urgent needs in Venezuela and next steps to take now that Interim President Juan Guaidó has returned to Caracas. Further, Administrator Green applauded the people of Venezuela for their courageous actions to restore peace and democracy to their country.

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