#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: October 28, 2019

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.

March 6, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will lead a USAID delegation, which includes Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean Steve Olive, to Miami, Florida and Cúcuta. The delegation will travel to Cúcuta, Colombia, on a U.S. military flight to preposition humanitarian aid for the people of Venezuela.

March 5, 2019

The United States stands with the people of Venezuela and the communities throughout the region that have generously taken in their neighbors during this time of crisis.

March 4, 2019

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) are responding to a complex emergency stemming from an influx of people fleeing an economic and political crisis in Venezuela to neighboring countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Approximately 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their country, with nearly 1.2 million people fleeing to Colombia.

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