Venezuela – helping those most in need
In the third quarter of 2021, our work in Venezuela focused on addressing the needs of those people most affected by armed violence, particularly those caught up in the clashes that broke out between armed groups and security forces in Cota 905 and other areas of Caracas in July. We also continued with our usual operations across the country, providing support where needs were greatest, in areas such as health care, water and sanitation, protection, forensics and economic security.
In addition to having to cope with both the armed violence and the pandemic, many people suffered the disastrous consequences of the torrential rain that fell in various parts of the country in July and August, causing landslides, floods and mudslides. Rivers and streams overflowed, bridges collapsed, and homes were destroyed, leaving many people dead or unaccounted for. Working with other members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, we provided medical supplies, mattresses, sheets, personal hygiene products, and logistical and protective equipment to the Venezuelan Red Cross to help affected communities, especially in the states of Mérida and Apure.
Below are just some examples of the work we did in Venezuela between July and September 2021: