Weekly Report - 17 April 2019 (WR-19-15)

Combating the repercussions of Venezuela’s crisis

Venezuela began to receive humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on 16 April. Just two days earlier, during a visit to Cúcuta, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had urged the de facto president Nicolás Maduro to “open these bridges, open these borders” to allow in humanitarian aid stockpiled in the Colombian border city for two months. This, however, is not the humanitarian aid that Maduro wants. While there are hopes that the ICRC assistance will help to alleviate some of the most pressing needs of the population, Venezuela’s crisis continues to have a major impact on many countries in the region and, for different reasons, on two in particular: Colombia and Cuba.

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