Venezuelan “Walkers” Flee Crisis One Step at a Time

More than one million Venezuelans are currently sheltering in Colombia after fleeing the political and economic crisis in their home country. Many have spent their entire life savings getting there, and are now traversing the country on foot to reach distant towns or other neighboring countries. Meet three Venezuelans embarking on a journey walking across Colombia.

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Carlos, Anthony, and Danny are “caminantes” — three of the hundreds of Venezuelan walkers who are walking across Colombia after fleeing the economic and political crisis in their home country. Photo credit: Alison Harding, USAID/OFDA
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Caminantes walk along two main routes across Colombia. Map courtesy: Matthew Earls, USAID/OFDA
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Anthony used to be a banker in Venezuela but left his life behind to find work in neighboring Colombia. Photo credit: Alison Harding, USAID/OFDA

“Everything is a mess. Now, instead of buses, they have old trucks that barely run to take you to work. At the markets, people get in fights over the last two kilos of flour,” Anthony said. “That’s why we’re here in Colombia. Everyone is leaving because of the cruel reality in Venezuela.”

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Carlos (left) and Danny (right) take a break in Bucaramanga, Colombia after walking from the Venezuelan border. Photo credit: Alison Harding, USAID/OFDA
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With the few possessions they can carry, Venezuelans “caminantes” walk along a road in Colombia. Photo credit: Schneyder Mendoza, AFP
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To reach Bucaramanga from the Venezuelan border, “caminantes” must pass over dangerous Andean mountain peaks that engulf the city. Photo credit: Alison Harding, USAID/OFDA

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