Monday 17 December, 2018

Watch: UN: Colombia needs international help to assist Venezuelans

A senior UN official on Monday said Colombia needs international help as it struggles with a humanitarian catastrophe along its border from Venezuelans driven from their homes by hunger.

David Beasley is Director of the World Food Programme and he made the comments after meeting refugees during a visit to Cucuta in eastern Colombia.

He told The Associated Press that the harrowing reports he heard make raising awareness of the humanitarian crisis an urgent priority.


He said he would work with Colombia on a plan to feed the 50,000 Venezuelans entering the country each day to eat and solicit funding from the US and other nations to assist the relief effort.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has characterised offers of humanitarian aid as an attempt to destabilise his rule.

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