Compassion International Families Report Burglary Attempts Amid Colombia Protests

Demonstrators took to the streets of Bogota, Colombia, on Wednesday for the third national protest since November 21.

Yesterday, Colombia’s president met again with a committee representing protestors. The group listed 13 demands for President Iván Duque, BBC News reports, ranging widely from fulfilling obligations under the 2016 Farc peace deal to securing minimum wage for young people. So far, the talks are going nowhere.

Although protests are mostly peaceful, Senior Program Support Manager Carlos Alvarez says a few families helped by Compassion International are on-edge.

“Some of the families [were] experiencing a little bit of unrest, and there was actually a little bit of panic…because people were trying to break in [to their homes].”

Are Venezuelans to blame?

According to UNHCR, more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their homeland. Some 1.4 million are now in Colombia, a number that’s grown significantly during 2019 alone:

By the end of 2015, Colombia hosted less than 40,000 Venezuelans, a number that has grown more than 3,500%, reaching 1.4 million by August 2019, with an increase of almost 300,000 refugees and migrants in the first seven months of the year.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth