FEELING MISERY, only just to find it next door. Crossing into Colombia, Venezuelans struggle to adapt to new country.

For the past weeks after weeks after weeks, Wilya Hernandez, her husband and their daughter, 2, have been sleeping on the garbage strewn streets of  Cucuta, a sprawling and chaotic city in Colombia's side of the border with Venezuela.

Though Antonnela, the toddler, often misses meals, Ms. Hernandez had no desire to return home to Venezuela.

''I need an angel,'' Ms. Hernandez said, holding back tears at  1.a.m. on a humid recent night. ''We can't go back, and we can't stay here.''

It is a view shared by  thousands of her compatriots  who have fled to Cucuta, where the struggles of adapting to life in a new country can seem more attractive than the hunger and upheaval they endured back home.

Venezuela  is  steeped in economic and political turmoil. Inflation last year surpassed   2,600 percent, according to opposition lawmakers, which had exacerbated severe shortages of food and medicine.

Venezuela is now governed by by a  Constituent  Assembly , composed of close allies of President Nicolis Maduro.

The opposition-controlled  Congress has been sidelined, the highest court is stacked with Maduro loyalists, and the  national guard has been ordered to take a hard line on the protests.

Mr. Maduro had called for presidential elections in April, though neighboring countries have urged him not to do so, given the number of opposition politicians who have been barred from running or have fled.

As  authoritarianism  continues to tighten its grip on the  oil-rich nation, large numbers of its citizens are fleeing,  citing the economic crisis and rampant crime as reasons for departure.

In the last six months of 2017,  210,000   Venezuelans came to Colombia, according to officials here, and the numbers growing in other countries.

In Brazil, THE INFLUX HAS OVERWHELMED CITIES AND TOWNS and the northern state Roraima,  which borders Venezuela.

By end of last year, an estimated  40,000   Venezuelans  had resettled in the state capital. Boa Vista, straining its infrastructure and health system.

The rate of crossing has ballooned this year, to several hundred per day, leading Brazil's military to deploy  additional troops to the border.

The Sadness in Honor and Serving of  the latest Operational Research on the sufferings of Venezuelans continues to Part 2. !WOW! thanks author and researcher Joe Parkin Daniels.


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