PERU / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES

29-Aug-2019 00:03:07
As the economic and political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate, more and more Venezuelans are fleeing to other countries in South America. At least four million Venezuelans have left their country. In addition to mounting insecurity and violence, medicine, food and infrastructure are lacking. UNHCR
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STORY: PERU / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES
TRT: 3:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: SPANISH /NATS

DATELINE: 17 – 18 JUNE, 2019, TACNA, PERU
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17 JUNE 2019, BUS STATION, TACNA, PERU

1. Close up, Fabiana hugging her daughter
2. Med shot, Fabiana and family in bus station
3. Close up, Fabiana’s daughter looking at map
4. Wide shot, people waiting at bus station
5. Pan right, people waiting at bus station
6. Med shot, Fabiana and family embracing
7. Close up, Fabiana and husband
8. Med shot, people waiting in bus station
9. Close up, Venezuelan woman at bus station
10. Med shot, Venezuelan woman on her cellphone
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabiana Bernal, Venezuelan seeking to join her sister in Chile:
“Our family sends messages often, and we always tell them we’re fine. We don’t want to create more stress for them. I never thought I would
leave my country. Never.”

17 JUNE 2019, SANTA ROSA BORDER CROSSING, PERU

12. Wide shot, Venezuelans at Peru/Chile border crossing
13. Med shot, Venezuelan family walking towards Chile border
14. Med shot, mother and daughter walking towards Chile border
15. Wide shot, Venezuelans walking towards Chile border

18 JUNE 2019, TACNA, PERU

16. Med shot, Fabiana and family walking in Tacna

17 JUNE 2019, SANTA ROSA BORDER CROSSING, PERU

17. Close up, people walking towards Chile border crossing
18. Wide shot, people walking towards Chile border crossing

18 JUNE 2019, SANTA ROSA BORDER CROSSING, PERU

19. Med shot, Venezuelans sleeping at border crossing
20. Close up, woman sleeping at border crossing
21. Close up, woman sleeping at border crossing

22 JUNE 2019, LIMA, PERU

22. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Federico Luis Agusti, UNHCR Representative in Peru:
“Some people don’t have the documents they needed to enter Chile. Some have lost their identity documents, passports or ID cards on the way or have been robbed. Others don’t have the right documentation to prove their parental authority. All this requires a certain process from border authorities, which prevents people from entering in a normal fashion.”

18 JUNE 2019, TACNA, PERU

23. Med shot, Fabiana and family walking to bus
24. Close up, Fabiana’s daughter taking off her backpack
25. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabiana Bernal, Venezuelan seeking to join her sister in Chile:
“If you’ve set yourself a goal, an objective, you have to achieve it. Of course, without putting anyone at risk in the process, of course, especially my daughter. That is what I want to avoid, I don’t want to put my daughter at risk. That is why I took her out of there.”
26. Med shot, family boarding bus to Chile
27. Wide shot, bus crossing towards Chile border
STORYLINE
As the economic and political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate, more and more Venezuelans are fleeing to other countries in South America. At least four million Venezuelans have left their country. In addition to mounting insecurity and violence, medicine, food and infrastructure are lacking.

Fabiana, her husband and their daughter lived in Miranda state, in the north of Venezuela. After hearing about the new visa requirement to enter Peru from 15 June, they decided to leave their country and join Fabiana’s sister in Santiago de Chile.

They embarked on a 7,300 kms ten-day trip across South America from the extreme north to the southern tip of the continent, through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, to reach their final destination in Chile.

Seeking shelter in a bus station. This has been home for Fabiana’s family for two days. Their flight has taken them from Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and, now, Peru. Looking ahead for a safe haven, looking back to those left behind.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabiana Bernal, Venezuelan seeking to join her sister in Chile:
“Our family sends messages often, and we always tell them we’re fine. We don’t want to create more stress for them. I never thought I would
leave my country. Never.”

Four million Venezuelans have left the country many fleeing insecurity, violence and extreme hardship. Most are hosted in countries struggling to meet their needs. Fabiana sold all their belongings to pay for the journey

Chile has become a main destination for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, but many don’t make it across and sleep at the border, braving the cold.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Federico Luis Agusti, UNHCR Representative in Peru:
“Some people don’t have the documents they needed to enter Chile. Some have lost their identity documents, passports or ID cards on the way or have been robbed. Others don’t have the right documentation to prove their parental authority. All this requires a certain process from border authorities, which prevents people from entering in a normal fashion.”

Fabiana’s family was turned back on their first try, but they have kept their goal in sight.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabiana Bernal, Venezuelan seeking to join her sister in Chile:
“If you’ve set yourself a goal, an objective, you have to achieve it. Of course, without putting anyone at risk in the process, of course, especially my daughter. That is what I want to avoid, I don’t want to put my daughter at risk. That is why I took her out of there.”

On a second try, Fabiana, her husband and daughter make it across. They now hope luck will stay on their side and that in Chile they will soon be with their family again.
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