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Colombia: Border closures forces Venezuelan children to make dangerous river crossing01:02

Colombia: Border closures forces Venezuelan children to make dangerous river crossing

Colombia, Cucuta
March 7, 2019 at 22:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

As many as 100 Venezuelan school children have been crossing the Tachira river every day to attend class in Cucuta on Colombian soil, a report filmed on Thursday shows.

Border closures along the main bridges have forced children to take alternative routes to school, including boarding makeshift rafts or using stepping stones to cross the Tachira.

The illegal pathways allows Venezuelans to avoid the National Guard and other forces stationed along the border.

Venezuela has been in the midst of a political crisis since January, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, in a move that was rapidly recognised by the US, as well as several European and Latin American nations.

A coalition of countries has since tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela, which has been blocked at the border by President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Colombia: Border closures forces Venezuelan children to make dangerous river crossing01:02
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As many as 100 Venezuelan school children have been crossing the Tachira river every day to attend class in Cucuta on Colombian soil, a report filmed on Thursday shows.

Border closures along the main bridges have forced children to take alternative routes to school, including boarding makeshift rafts or using stepping stones to cross the Tachira.

The illegal pathways allows Venezuelans to avoid the National Guard and other forces stationed along the border.

Venezuela has been in the midst of a political crisis since January, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, in a move that was rapidly recognised by the US, as well as several European and Latin American nations.

A coalition of countries has since tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela, which has been blocked at the border by President Nicolas Maduro's government.

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