The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is growing worse as the country’s weeks-long political showdown drags on. And as the tragedy sinks to new levels of misery, nobody is quite sure who is in charge of the country.
The US and dozens of other nations are calling for Nicolas Maduro to step down – 50 nations now recognize Juan Guaidó as the interim president. But Maduro not only refuses to budge, he’s also blocking international relief aid from entering the country.
Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) flew to neighboring Colombia to put pressure on the Venezuela strongman who has been running the country into the ground since 2013.
Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro vie for power in Venezuela (AP Photos)
But with more than three million Venezuelans having fled their homeland and many of those left inside literally starving, here in the border town of Cucuta, Colombia, tensions are coming to a head.
Chants of “Libertad! Libertad!” echo through the streets.
American military aircraft have been arriving here over the past week delivering tons of humanitarian aid intended to ease the suffering of these Venezuelans. But troops loyal to Nicolas Maduro have so far blocked the shipments from entering their country. Maduro has called the shipments unnecessary, and a political stunt, but desperate Venezuelans beg to differ.
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