#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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February 20, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with Curaçao Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath on February 18, 2019, outside of the island's capital of Willemstad. Administrator Green thanked the Prime Minister for his support in helping alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, including through Curaçao's recognition of Interim President Juan Guaidó as the rightful leader of Venezuela. Administrator Green and the Prime Minister jointly lamented the vast humanitarian needs in Venezuela, and committed to working together to help the suffering people who are facing shortages of food and medicine by pursuing the agreements necessary to allow the U.S. Government to pre-position civilian humanitarian assistance for Venezuela in private warehouses in Curaçao.

February 20, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited Curaçao from February 18 to 19, where he met with Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Separately, the Administrator met with representatives of the Venezuelan expatriate community in Curaçao to hear their personal stories and learn more about the local non-governmental organization they have set up, VENEX, to channel private donations of assistance to their countrymen. The Administrator commended the generosity of the Venezuelan residents of Curaçao, and both sides expressed hope that the dark days of despair in Venezuela are coming to an end.

February 17, 2019

Today what we did was bring in a new shipment of humanitarian assistance, about 66 metric tons.  As I made clear, this was not the first, nor will it be the last, there will be other shipments coming in, other materials coming in from countries like Indonesia, they'll be coming in from a variety of sources and it really is (inaudible) what President Guaido asked of President Trump. President Guaido, who we officially recognize as interim president of Venezuela, had a specific request for emergency medical care and nutrition, and so we've been responding. We've been mobilizing assistance getting here, prepositioning here in Colombia, obviously Cucuta primarily, which is what President Guaido and his representatives have asked for.

February 16, 2019

Several weeks ago, the United States officially recognized Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela.  At that time, he made specific requests of President Donald Trump for assistance. The following day, at USAID, we met with his representatives, and they made specific requests for assistance that they needed.  Working closely with the Government of Colombia, that is what has brought us to this day.

February 16, 2019

Thank you very much. As we just saw, the latest shipment of U.S. humanitarian aid has now arrived here on the Colombian border with Venezuela. To be very clear, this is not the first shipment, nor will it be the last shipment, not only from the United States, but we know that many other countries are joining as well.

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