Hundreds of Venezuelans made the daily commute from their crisis-hit homeland to the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Sunday in order to eat at Church-run soup kitchens, Ruptly reports.
Volunteers at a local Catholic Church cook and distribute breakfast and lunch every day, according to its priest Jose David Cana Perez.
“Every morning we distribute bread with a coffee and we give out an average of 1,500 to 1,700 lunches for our Venezuelan brothers,” he said.
“We come here every day, it isn’t a secret how we are living, what we do on a daily basis at home, we have to seek refuge in another place where we can have a dish of decent food,” said Orancy Andrea Palencia, one of the parents who makes the daily journey to feed her children.
According to reports for the last seven months, the volunteers provided help to around 360,000 Venezuelans.
As heartening as this report is, the geopolitical situation is quite different as Venezuela is being surrounded by military. In recent weeks Colombia’s government has sent 3000 troops to Cucuta and Catatumbo, regions on Colombia’s border with Venezuela. Extra paramilitary forces are moving in. In January the United States sent 415 marines to Panama. They will be staying until June, 2018 as part of the military’s “humanitarian” intervention program called New Horizons. U.S. troops have long been in place in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curazao, Dutch-owned islands located off Venezuela’s northern coast. Brazil is deploying soldiers to its northern border with Venezuela. The United States has its own troops and military bases in Colombia.
The U.S. Southern Command in November organized training exercises for U.S. Brazilian, Peruvian, and Colombian troops in Tabatinga, a Brazilian town on the Amazon River. They were preparing a base to be available for future, so-called “humanitarian” operations.
One must ask exactly why the US is so interested in Venezuelan affairs.