Venezuela's Mounting Mass Exodus

3 million people have fled crisis-ridden Venezuela amid dire food and medicine shortages and a decimated economy, according to the UN refugee agency.

Import cuts and slashed domestic production have stripped Venezuelans' access to basic health care and nutrition. In 2017, Venezuelans lost an average of 11kg, malaria cases rose 69% from the previous year, and 85% of drugs were out of reach, according to WHO figures.

The mass exodus has swelled in the past 6 months, with most migrants and refugees ending up in Colombia and Peru. Colombia alone is seeing 3,000 arrivals daily, and social services are strained under the pressure.

Al Jazeera

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