Venezuela Aids Colombians Displaced by Violence in Arauca

Groups of displaced Colombians from the Arauquita municipality in the department of Arauca, Colombia, received proper care from the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) on the Venezuelan side of the border, reported Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

Minister Padrino released images on Twitter showing the aid operation carried out by the military force. The FANB’s objective is to receive and support people fleeing from the recently heightened violence in the conflict zone in Colombia, sparked by rival drug trafficking gangs fighting for territory.

Civil authorities also participated in the operation, assisting the refugees who fled into Venezuela. The humanitarian repercussions of the conflict have led to calls for help from the international community.

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The statement by Minister Padrino was accompanied by a message from the Chief of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB), Major General Domingo Hernández Larez.

The high command reiterated its commitment “to the needy and oppressed peoples,” those displaced by the inaction of Colombia’s ineffective government, peoples for whom the FANB will always be ready to provide unconditional aid and support.

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The war in Colombia
The beginning of 2022 was marked by a new wave of violence in Colombia, caused by paramilitary armed groups associated with Colombian drug trafficking mafias.

The terror sown by the clashes between these gangs caused the death of more than 20 people and the displacement of dozens of families in the municipality of Arauquita, Colombia, on the border with the state of Apure, Venezuela. There, the Bolivarian National Armed Force was deployed to guarantee peace and sovereignty.

Other towns under siege by paramilitary drug-trafficking groups in the same department include Saravena, Forul, Tame, and Botalón. Inhabitants of the conflict zone called for humanitarian corridors to facilitate the evacuation of civilians.


Featured image: Venezuelan military personnel supervise the arrival of Colombians escaping recent violent clashes between paramilitary drug trafficking groups in Arauca, Colombia. Photo by Twitter/@vladimirpadrino.

(RedRadioVE) by José Manuel Blanco Díaz

Translation: Orinoco Tribune


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José Manuel Blanco Diaz
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Vice President of the Radio Miraflores Foundation | | Presenter of | UCV Social Communication | UCV announcer

José Manuel Blanco Diaz

Vice President of the Radio Miraflores Foundation | | Presenter of | UCV Social Communication | UCV announcer