Hyperinflation and the continuing economic and political crisis in Venezuela is driving more Venezuelans to travel to the Colombian border to buy food and other supplies. Even though the government has raised the minimum wage, it is still not nearly enough and most Venezuelans continue to struggle. VOA's Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.
To help alleviate some of the burden associated with migration, US Navy temporarily deploys USNS Comfort hospital ship near Caribbean nation to provide medical services primarily for Venezuelans stranded there
More than a year has passed since protests against changes to Nicaraguas pension program turned into a full scale socio-political crisis. The government crackdown by President Daniel Ortega has resulted in more than 200 deaths, and forced more than 65,000 people to leave the country. Among them journalists who say they've been targeted. But even though they're not there, many of these journalists are still sending the news back home. VOA reporter Cristina Caicedo Smit has the story.
Since Nicaragua’s political crisis began more than a year and a half ago, more than 300 journalists have reported some type of aggression by state officials. That’s according to a report by Nicaragua’s “Violeta Chamorro Foundation,” which advocates for freedom of expression. Some women say their safety is especially at risk because of their work as journalists. Daliana Ocaña has more from Managua, Nicaragua, in this report narrated by Cristina Caicedo Smit.
The morning rush hour in downtown Caracas may look like any other, but dig just a little bit and one can see how different it really is.
The Metro rail by and large doesn’t work, and the buses are unreliable. Electricity is spotty and prone to fail, just like Wi-Fi and the Internet. Some residences in the city haven’t had water for six months, and hyper-inflation has left Caracas largely cashless.
Noticeably, there is very little news, whether on the radio or TV, in…