MASS MIGRATION CRISIS
At the borders with Colombia, a continous flow of migrants from Venezuela crosses the line everyday at the international bridges. This is one of the largest migration flows in Latin America’s history. Every month, 150000 Venezuelans enter Colombia in search of food and medicine. Half never return home.
Some prefer the dirt roads, avoiding passport controls and the highway tolls, using the routes of the smugglers who traffic gasoline from Venezuela. They come on motorcycles, trucks, pickups and vintage cars kept together with cords and wires, running like they’re in a car race.
Migrants seek for a better life and undertake a long path, often walking for months to Peru, Brazil and Chile.
Some come to Colombia to work, to buy and sell goods or just to receive a free meal in some charity’s organization and return to Venezuela the same day.
Throughout the year 2016, at the deepest moment of the migration crisis, Italy received 181.000 migrants. If we take into account those who are smuggled along the 2200 km of border between Venezuela and Colombia, Latin America is experiencing an annual European crisis per month.
These are the first photographs from a project on migration which is still at its first steps.
@nico.filipporosso #EAW Alumni
In the photograph:
A migrant cover himself with a bed sheet along a street in Maicao.
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