Ecuadorian margin township struggling to is dealing with exodus driving in financial downfall and political turmoil
Nicolas Maduro has maligned hundreds of Venezuelans fleeing in the different regions of the Andes as gullible” slaves and beggars” defrauded into scouring foreign toilets by foes of the Bolivarian revolution.
The United Nations said 2.3 million people, more than 7% of Venezuela’spopulation, have left the country since 2015, with most heading toward Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Half a million have arrived this year in Ecuador alone.
But when Daniel Luquez, an jobless carpenter, start out from his home in the city of Guanare in July he was not, as Venezuela’s president recently flouted, chasing” the honeys” of a life abroad. He was fighting for his daughter’s life.
Two-year-old Jolismar was diagnosed with thoracic cancer last year after doctors found a small lump near her mettle. On Tuesday, and after an arduous three-week wander across Colombia, her papa reached in the Ecuadorian margin town of Tulcan determined to earn the money to support his ailing daughter as she experiences chemotherapy back in their rapidly disentangling nation.
” Getting here was tough, but I have to battle for my family ,” said Luquez, 27, who hitchhiked and hobbled virtually 1,200 miles to Ecuador. Six years ago his left leg was amputated from the consequences of a auto crash.