by Libna Stevens/IAD, courtesy Adventist News Network
For the past seven months, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia has been providing assistance to thousands of migrating Venezuelans who have crossed into the eastern border of Colombia to escape the economic and political instability in their homeland. The project represents an assistance of over 2.5 million US dollars, the largest the Adventist agency has been managing in the country, ADRA Colombia officials said.
According to recent government statistics, there are more than 1.1 million Venezuelans who have migrated into Colombia recently, making up 30 percent of the population mainly stationed at bordering regions with Venezuela. Some 23 percent of those migrants have settled in the capital city of Bogota, and 41 percent are living an irregular or unstable conditions, explained Gabriel Villarreal, ADRA Colombia director.