Humanity & Inclusion is preparing to launch a possible emergency response to aid Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. Venezuela has been experiencing economic, political, and social turmoil since 2013. At least 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled the country. More than one million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia, according to the United Nations.
Present in Colombia since 1998, HI assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, a border town in northern Colombia. In conjunction with partner organizations DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), HI is hoping to launch the following activities:
- Psychological support to help migrants overcome trauma
- Rehabilitation for people with disabilities, older people, and other vulnerable populations
- Training in support of local rehabilitation organizations
- Peace building between communities
These activities would be carried out in the areas of La Guajira, Arauca, Atlántico, and Vichada, Colombia. HI is also monitoring the situation in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.