miércoles, junio 19

The Surprise Effect is lost in Ureña

chapter III

Our visit to the town of Cúcuta (city in Colombia bordering Venezuela) would be short, the objective was to get some material about the migratory crisis that separates Venezuelan families since at least 2016, when, according to the UN, the presence of Venezuelans overseas doubled, in relation to 2015
Due to the limited time we had to cross the Venezuelan border, in addition to the time it took us to get to the municipality of Ureña (in Venezuela), which has one of the highest rates of mobility to the neighboring country, we were forced to turn to the trocheros (people who earn their living crossing people through the trails), mostly Venezuelan youth, who, under plain sight of authorities, open paths through nature in the area, thus circumventing regular migration procedures.
It should be noted that our team did not have the border mobility card, a system that was suspended for the date of our visit (November 2018) and the wait to have your passport stamped and cross the border to Colombia takes hours and is full of stories of extortion and interrogation from the Venezuelan National Guard.

An attempt to convince the Colombian Migration Police

When we tried to cross the international bridge «Francisco de Paula Santander«, we came across the barriers of the Colombian migratory police, and we talked with the security officer, trying to convince him that our crossing would be for a journalistic work of short duration. Their response: «without stamped passports, you cannot pass»; his response was blunt and that is why we had to take the alternative roads.

chapter IV