It’s Time to Get Behind Venezuela

Venezuela’s refugee crisis is second only to Syria’s—but receives a fraction of the attention and funding.

This is more than “compassion fatigue”—it also has to do with perception, writes Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. Venezuela is largely regarded as a regional problem—and it shouldn’t be. As diseases like syphilis, HIV/AIDS, TB, and measles rise with the crisis, the exodus shows no signs of slowing.

The world must do more to relieve the burden on Venezuela’s neighbors. One of Arnson’s recommendations: international financial institutions could offer more generous grant terms to refugee-receiving countries.

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