Venezuelans flee as economic crisis deepens

Posted : 2018-08-29 11:21 Updated : 2018-08-30 10:40
Venezuelan migrants on their way to Peru sleep along the Pan-American Highway between Tulcan and Ibarra in Ecuador, after entering the country from Colombia, on August 22, 2018. - Ecuador announced on August 16 that Venezuelans entering the country would need to show passports from August 18 onwards, a document many are not carrying. And Peru followed suit on August 17, announcing an identical measure due to begin on August 25. AFP

A woman walks past a mural with an image of late Venezuelan president (1999-2013) Hugo Chavez in Caracas on August 22, 2018. - Confusion continues in Venezuela over new banknotes the government has put in circulation in an attempt to curb hyperinflation. AFP

Venezuelan 100 bolivar notes thrown by people in a trash bin are seen at a gas station of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela August 20, 2018. Reuters

A man falls asleep while sitting on a bench, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to take effect Monday with introduction of a new currency that lops five zeros off the country's fast-depreciating bills. AP

In this Aug. 20, 2018 photo, a family plays with their son after they collected drinking water in a plastic drum from a public fountain, in Cabimas, Venezuela. For months Maracaibo's residents have endured rolling blackouts. Basic services like running water and electricity have become a luxury. AP

A man walks by the empty shelves of a supermarket in Caracas, on August 28, 2018. - Scarcity increases as Venezuela's government controls prices in commericial establishments in an atempt to curb hyperinflation. AFP

Traders work in their businesses in the dark after a power outage, in Caracas, Venezuela, 29 August 2018. Public transport was disrupted today in Caracas after a short power outage that affected Metro service. EPA

In this Aug. 19, 2018 photo, Mireya Marquez uses candlelight to cook her dinner of boiled "casaba," also known as "yuca" and "manioc," during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela. For months Maracaibo's residents have endured rolling blackouts, but things turned dire on August 10 when a fire destroyed a main power line supplying the city of 1.5 million people. AP

A woman buys meat in a partially open food market, in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 August 2018. Venezuela opposition called for a partial strike to protest the economic measures decreed by Nicolas Maduro's Government. EPA

Residents stand outside after a powerful earthquake shook eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The quake was felt as far away as Colombia's capital and in the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes. AP

A Venezuelan migrant feeds his son inside a bus in Huaquillas, Ecuador, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, as they wait to be transported to Peru. Thousands of Venezuelans are crossing into Peru hours before authorities begin enforcing stiffer rules that will make entering the South American nation more difficult. AP

Pro-government supporters cheer as some hold up new banknotes and patriot identification cards during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The new currency is part of President Nicolas Maduro's plan meant to confront runaway inflation and a plummeting economy that has pushed tens of thousands of Venezuelans to flee abroad. AP

A Venezuelan migrant is helped after crossing the border of Peru with Ecuador, in Aguas Verdes, Tumbes, Peru August 24, 2018. Reuters

A Venezuelan woman waits outside the Colombian migration office along the Rumichaca international bridge before crossing from Ipiales in Colombia, to Tulcan in Ecuador, on August 20, 2018. - Bogota said on August 17 it was "worried" that tightened Ecuadorean entry requirements for Venezuelans fleeing an economic and political crisis would leave thousands stranded in Colombia. Ecuador announced on Thursday that Venezuelans entering the country would need to show passports from Saturday onwards, a document many are not carrying. And Peru followed suit on Friday, announcing an identical measure due to begin a week later. AFP

Venezuelan migrants wait to past the Binational Border Service Center of Peru at the border with Ecuador, in Tumbes, Peru August 24, 2018. Reuters

Venezuelan migrants heading to Peru carry bags as their walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. AFP

Eliana Balza (L), 19, changes her son's diaper during a stop on the side of the Pan-American highway, in El Pedregal, Colombia, between Pasto and Ipiales, on their way to Peru on August 23, 2018. On foot, by bus, on the backs of juddering trucks, like tens of thousands of others they slogged for days along the Pan-American highway through Colombia and Ecuador. Grubby and sleepless, their goal was to reach Peru, a sanctuary of sorts for a desperate Venezuelan family. Exhausted and swept by the endless wash of traffic noise on the highway's shoulder, the Mendoza Landinez family had the additional pressure of a deadline: to enter Peru before new rules required them to produce a passport. AFP

Venezuelans on a truck cross the border from Venezuela to Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil, on August 21, 2018. - Desperate Venezuelans fleeing the country's crisis continue to cross the Brazilian border, despite the violent anti-migrant riot that took place last week in the border town of Pacaraima. AFP

View of a book entitled "My Book of Bible Stories" found in one of the burnt makeshift camps where about 70 Venezuelans refugees used to live, at the border city of Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil, on August 20, 2018. AFP

Members of the Warao tribe, Venezuela's second-largest indigenous group, prepare food at the Janokoida shelter where they have been taking refuge in the border city of Pacaraima, Roraima State, Brazil, on August 21, 2018. AFP

A Venezuelan child eats breakfast at Spanish priest Jose Lopez Fernandez de Bobadilla's parish in Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil, in the border with Venezuela, on August 21, 2018. AFP