The New Humanitarian

Nov 21, 2019

7 min read

Mapped: The Venezuelan diaspora and growing emigration challenges

Venezuelans cross the river into Colombia on 20 November 2019. (Schneyder Mendoza/AFP)

Ailet Bilbao could no longer afford to feed her children despite her salary as a medical professional in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Driving home one evening, she and her family were kidnapped by armed criminals. They escaped, only to be extorted when reporting the incident to the police.