The first trucks with humanitarian aid sent by the United States to Venezuela arrived on Thursday in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, where the authorities of the three countries are already working on logistics for delivery.
In total there were nine trucks, two large and seven small, those that entered the international bridge of Tienditas, one of the three border crossings of Cúcuta with Venezuela and that is also one of the collection centers to receive the aid announced by the head of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself interim president of that country.
The other two collection points are located in Brazil and Puerto Rico, whose secretary of state, Luis Rivera, confirmed on Thursday that a first shipment left San Juan on Wednesday and arrived in Venezuela with essential items. The aid sent by Puerto Rico includes articles for an oncological and pediatric hospital in the oil country.
The long wait
In the case of Cúcuta, the trucks crossed in the afternoon of this Thursday the metal fence that near the entrance to the bridge of Tienditas and the boxes unloaded in a nearby warehouse. Strongly guarded by the Colombian Police, the vehicles were received on the bridge by more than a hundred people, among them some Venezuelans who asked for “humanitarian aid already” or criticized the Government of their country.
“The best humanitarian aid we could have is the extermination of cancer called Nicolás Maduro,” said a Venezuelan woman in a yellow sign that led to the collection center.
There were also a dozen members of the NGO Canadian Human Rights International Organization, who carried a flag of the North American country and celebrated the arrival of humanitarian aid to Cúcuta.
A Tienditas, as explained in a statement by the National Unit for Risk Management (UNGRD), an entity of the Colombian Government, will arrive in the coming days more aid that will be taken to Venezuela, although the Government of Maduro blocked the bridge with a orange cistern and two blue containers.
However, the entity insisted that Venezuelans living in Colombia should not go to the collection center because the aid will be sent to their country.
That is why the UNGRD stressed that in Cúcuta there are several international assistance programs that have the support of the United Nations through the World Food Program (WFP), as is the case of the dining Divine Providence, where more than 4,000 Venezuelans They have free lunch every day.
One such person is Nelly Amparo García Fonseca, who crosses the Simón Bolívar Bridge, the main border crossing point between both countries, for lunch and now expects the aid to arrive as soon as possible to his country. “We are waiting for her there in San Antonio, but she has not arrived yet (…) We need food and medicines,” she told Efe García.
On the other hand, it is expected that the authorities of Colombia and the US, as well as representatives of Guaidó, give more information this Friday on how the aid will be carried out if the passage of Tienditas remains closed.
What little is known is that the aid comes from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), after the Government of that country published on Thursday on social networks images in which two people are seen helping to unload boxes with food and medicines in a warehouse.
“Usaid’s first humanitarian aid trucks are in Colombia, while the US positions assistance items destined for Venezuela, at the request of the interim president, Juan Guaidó, and we work to deliver them as soon as possible,” the US Embassy in Colombia wrote. in your Twitter account.
Humanitarian aid is also requested in Venezuela, where unions such as nurses asked Maduro Thursday to allow the entry of assistance.
“We support in an unrestricted way this measure that has been taken to seek humanitarian aid, we need humanitarian aid to arrive because it is the life of many Venezuelans that could be preserved,” said the president of the Nurses Association of Caracas, Ana Rosario Contreras. , condemning Maduro’s refusal to receive assistance.