Colombia: Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants camp out at Bogota bus terminal awaiting return home

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants were camped at the Salitre del Norte bus station in Bogota, waiting to return to their home country in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, last Wednesday. The tents were seen at the makeshift camp, where children, adults and the elderly live together while awaiting a solution to their predicament. Meanwhile, those Venezuelans residing in Colombia who could afford a bus ticket home were seen queuing up outside the terminal with their luggage, while health workers measured their temperature, before boarding the buses to Venezuela. Milagros Cerradas, one of the spokespersons of the camp, said that «we realised that when you pay 180,000 pesos [44 euros] you can leave towards Venezuela. We do not have 180,000 pesos.” According to the latest figures released by the Colombian health authorities, since the beginning of the pandemic in the country the total number of COVID-19 cases is 154,277, while deaths with the virus have reached 5,455.

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