A coalition of South Florida organizations gathered on Sunday at a collection center in an industrial area northwest of Miami for humanitarian aid to be sent to Venezuela next week.
The so-called Humanitarian Aid and Freedom Coalition Venezuela collected some 700 boxes of non-perishable food and medicines with an expiration date of more than six months, delivered by hundreds of people who gathered at this center only today. .
According to Marisol Dieguez, one of those responsible for the process, at the end of the day they will have achieved the goal of completing a container of 53 cubic feet, which will be sent next Wednesday by sea to Curaçao, one of the three reception points and storage of food and medicine for Venezuelans.
“There has been a beautiful logistics, a numerous volunteer” that has allowed to raise “so much in such a short time,” said Dieguez, who for five years through its Humanitarian Aid Program for Venezuela has been collecting aid for the Latin American country.
Dieguez added that from Curaçao, the container will depart to the coast of Venezuela where it will arrive in time for the 23rd of this month, date designated for the entry of humanitarian aid by the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, head of Parliament and who proclaimed himself interim president of the country.
“Venezuela needs a lot of help to end this problem,” said Dieguez, who was convinced that humanitarian aid will finally enter the country that day, despite the fact that the president, Nicolás Maduro, refuses to allow his entry.
“The determination of the Venezuelan is stronger than any repression of the regime,” he added, to later point out that the Humanitarian Aid Program for Venezuela will continue its work beyond today’s day.
Carlos Vecchio, the representative in Washington of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, accompanied by his wife and family, who was greeted by applause by the dozens of volunteers, was present Sunday at the collection center.
“This is what we Venezuelans are,” said Vecchio, and then exhort his exiled compatriots who gathered at the collection center to maintain the spirit of struggle.
In statements to journalists, Vecchio insisted on his call to the Venezuelan Armed Forces to “put themselves on the side of the people and the people who need food and medicine.”
“(Humanitarian aid) will not only enter through Cúcuta (Colombia), but through various areas,” said Vecchio, who recalled that soldiers suffer shortages as well as ordinary citizens.
Tension in Venezuela has increased since Guaidó was awarded the powers of the Executive on January 23 last, considering Nicolás Maduro illegitimate after being re-elected in elections that the opposition calls “fraudulent”.
This action accelerated the political crisis in Venezuela, because, in addition, a large part of the international community, such as the United States and several European and Latin American countries, have given their support to Guaidó and press for elections to be called. (EFEUSA) .-