The diplomatic representative of Venezuela to Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, urged the dismissal of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, to end the humanitarian tragedy that has forced millions of Venezuelans to leave the country in an unprecedented migration crisis.
“According to the Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants of Venezuela (R4V), at this moment there are 6,024,351 Venezuelan migrants and refugees,” Ms. Zavarce highlighted in a message released through her social network accounts.
The Venezuelan diplomat specified that 20% of the Venezuelan population has fled the country due to the complex humanitarian emergency caused by Maduro’s dictatorship.
Likewise, she stressed that the Venezuelan migration crisis is the second largest in the world, second only to Syria, which has been at war for more than a decade.
“That’s what those who usurp power today have led us to. It is urgent to change this reality. Enough of so many separated families,” said Zavarce.
The Organization of American States (OAS) warned that in the coming months it is expected that there will be more than 1.4 million new Venezuelan migrants and refugees, so this figure could reach 7 million by the beginning of 2022.
The report of the OAS working group specified that migration will increase considerably with the eventual opening of the borders and the worsening of the crisis in Venezuela.
In Venezuela, 96% of the population lives in poverty or extreme poverty and about 10 million people suffer from food insecurity according to the United Nations World Food Program.