To meet the growing demand for humanitarian requirements on the Colombo – Venezuelan border, the Colombian Red Cross has developed a plan that includes health, psychosocial support, temporary shelter, food security and reestablishment of family links activities. So far, the Colombian Red Cross has benefited more than 260,000 people and about 800 volunteers are working to meet the humanitarian requirements on the border.

As part of the actions carried out, the Transitional Migrant Assistance Center has been established in the city of Cúcuta. With capacity for 240 people this center has the necessary conditions for the immediate attention of the people who require it. Additionally, it has medical and volunteer staff 24 hours a day, in order to attend any eventuality that may arise.

“In the face of the situation that exists in the border with Venezuela, it is essential for institutions such as the Colombian Red Cross to assume a participatory role in initiatives that, like the Migrant Assistance Center, allows us to contribute in a positive way to prevent and alleviate human suffering in all circumstances,” said the National President of the Colombian Red Cross, Dr. Judith Carvajal de Álvarez, in a visit to the border the past weekend.

Dr. Francisco Moreno Carrillo, Executive Director of the Colombian Red Cross; Mr. Javier González, delegate in Colombia of the German Red Cross; the Americas Regional Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Walter Cotte Witingan and Dr. Carlos Iván Márquez, director of the National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) also participated in this visit.

“The work that is being developed in this migrant care center is of great importance to ensure the well-being and health of people who have decided to leave their places of origin. As a Red Cross it is our duty to provide care to all those in need, without making any difference. The situation on this border requires the coordinated work of various agencies and that is what we saw in this visit”, commented Walter Cotte, IFRC’s regional director for the Americas.

Some relevant figures:

  • 800 volunteers work to meet the humanitarian requirements in the border.
  • 230,000 people have received health care, psychosocial support, temporary shelter, food security and reestablishment of family links.
  • 585 people benefited through the Humanitarian Attention System for Return, agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 133 people benefited by the Transitory Migrant Care Center.