(CNN)As Venezuelans leave their nation searching for security and financial security, another set of risks awaits them throughout the border.
concentrates on the impoverished Catatumbo area
, where armed groups– consisting of the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), and previous members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)– wage bloody fights for control not just in between each other however likewise on Colombian soldiers. The location is a crucial one for coca growing, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
More than 100 civilians were eliminated there by the fighting groups in 2018, according to the HRW report, which points out United Nations figures. Some Venezuelan and colombian kids have actually been pushed into either signing up with groups or imposing their guidelines. The report declares that in March, ELN fighters “went to a rural school in Catatumbo to attempt to encourage kids to join their ranks.” Some kids have actually been threatened for presumably working together with competing groups, according to HRW.
Colombia has actually invited large varieties of refugees from Venezuela given that its financial slump started speeding up. On Monday, Colombian President Ivn Duque revealed in a series of tweets that the nation would give citizenship to more than 24,000 kids
born to undocumented Venezuelan moms and dads– any kid born given that August 19, 2015.
“Colombia, when again, is revealing the world that even in the middle of financial restrictions, with a per capita earnings of less than $8,000 dollars,” Duque stated, “we likewise understand how to construct of fraternity, a sensation of uniformity.” He likewise called for the global neighborhood to end Venezuela’s crisis, which has actually produced an approximated exodus of 4 million individuals
Colombia’s Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Relations did not react to an ask for remark.