The team from the Venezuelan embassy in Brazil made its first visit in 2021 to Roraima, the state that houses the largest number of Venezuelans. Throughout 5 days Ambassador María Teresa Belandria and her team were able to hold meetings with the Acolhida Operação and other local authorities, as well as reorganize the structure of the “Ricardo Delgado” Venezuelan Service Center and give continuity to the work they have been doing since October 2020.
General Antonio de Barros, commander of the Acolhida Operação, received the ambassador in Boa Vista and updated her on the evolution of the task force responsible for serving Venezuelan migrants. Barros reported that the spontaneous Ka’Ubanoko occupation was finally dismantled and all its occupants relocated to shelters equipped by the Operation, where people now have all the basic services and meals three times a day.
He also offered refugee figures and how the Operation has been adapting during the pandemic to serve Venezuelan migrants. The group made a tour of the facilities of the Health Care Center that has an isolation area for patients diagnosed with Covid-19 and where medical care is given to our citizens.
Days later, the embassy team traveled to Pacaraima, a city on the border with Venezuela, where they were able to see the operation of the Triage Post and hold a meeting with NGO representatives and with the unit commander himself, Colonel Charles, to discuss issues. relating to the identification of minors and verifying the situation at that border crossing. Ambassador Belandria had the opportunity to talk with some Venezuelan families who are staying in one of the Operation’s shelters in Pacaraima and she took the opportunity to inform them about the work of the embassy in Brazil.
The services of the CAV “Ricardo Delgado” Center are reactivated
Another objective of the visit to Roraima was to reorganize the structure of the “Ricardo Delgado” Venezuelan Service Center so that it can continue with the work that it began in October last year. With the launch of the driver’s license certifications and renewal of other documents on the embassy’s website, the CAV will begin a new cycle in which, in addition to serving Venezuelans who require face-to-face procedures (letters of single status certificate and proof of life), it will have other services such as legal advice, psychosocial support and will open its space for training courses and space for the MusiverRR organization to carry out the rehearsals of its string quartet and children’s choir. In this way, the CAV aspires to become a space where Venezuelans are well cared for and where they can find institutional support.