Venezuela migrant Johany Yoselin with her three children | REUTERS
The already difficult journey of one Venezuelan woman fleeing her home country just got a whole lot worse.
Twenty-eight-year-old Johany Yoselin, a former candy vendor, left Venezuela with her three young children, hoping to pass through Ecuador and resettle in Peru. But as she entered Ecuador on Monday (August 20), a tough situation became tougher when someone stole her luggage.
They left her with one small backpack and identification documents for her and her children. But Yoselin has nothing else and doesn’t know what to do next.
The robbery compounds difficulties Yoselin was already facing when, over the weekend, Ecuador put in passport controls on Venezuelans trying to enter the country.
She said she lost contact with the children’s father and is now struggling to keep her family warm on the streets amid frigid temperatures.
Yoselin is one of the hundreds of Venezuelans caught in similar situations.
Over the weekend, hundreds of desperate people who traveled days from Venezuela were prevented from passing the checkpoint near the southwestern town of Ipiales by a regulation set by Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno that kicked in on Saturday.
More than a million Venezuelan migrants have entered Colombia over the last 15 months, according to official estimates, but Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil also have received many.
Over the last two years, especially, many Venezuelans have struggled to obtain passports amid the OPEC nation’s political and economic chaos.
This year alone, 423,000 Venezuelans have entered Ecuador through the Rumichaca border. — Reuters