Video: Venezuelan migrants find more struggle in Colombia

Maria Querales and her daughter waiting for a consultation in the MSF clinic in Tame. The two-year-old developed a skin allergy after living for 15 days on the street.
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Venezuelans continue to migrate to Colombia, where they hope to find the essentials they can no longer find in their own country—including medical care, adequate food, and jobs. But once they arrive, their struggles continue. 

Most Venezuelans cannot find legal work and end up sleeping in the streets or in makeshift shelters. And medical care provided by the Colombian national health system is limited, which is why Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in different locations along the Colombian-Venezuela border to offer medical and mental health services.

"For us, it’s very important to mention the saturation of the Colombian health system," said MSF coordinator in Arauca department, Sebastián García, "and the need of support from the international community to cover this gap, both for the migrants and also, of course, for its own citizens."