More than Four Million Flee Venezuela Amidst Economic and Political Crisis

Venezuela’s downward spiral into chaos and the collapsing economy coupled with high levels of violent crime forces more than four million people to leave the country as accused illegitimate president, Nicolas Maduro, moves to crush political opposition. The crisis means that Venezuela is now “one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country”, according to UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Under Nicholás Maduro’s administration, the country’s economy has plummeted resulting into shortages of food, medical supplies and frequent electricity blackouts. Oil production is the backbone of Venezuela’s economy but oil output has been declining since the country hit crisis levels. Many Venezuelans are struggling to even afford basic items due to excessively high levels of inflation. As the economic crisis deepens, many women in hospitals and in need of abortions are forced to make life threatening decisions like performing in home abortions themselves. Abortion is illegal in the country and is punishable with up to 2 years of jail time. Without access to proper healthcare, women often end up in the hospital with severe complications even in childbirth and are left to fend for themselves. With teen pregnancies on the rise and the lack of medical supplies, thousands of […]

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