Inside the violent battle on the Colombia-Venezuela border (VICE News)

Venezuela opposition forces clashed with President Nicolás Maduro's security forces as they tried to push so-dubbed "humanitarian aid" across the country's border with Colombia. But the outbreak left trucks of food and medicine smoldering, hundreds of people injured and, on the Brazil border, four dead.

National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension (USA Today)

Tear gas, rubber bullets and fire bombs from Venezuela’s National Guard rained down on activists on the Colombia-Venezuela border as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid, a point of hope for millions of Venezuelans trapped in the heart of a humanitarian crisis.

For Indigenous and Afro-Colombians, Carnaval Is More Than a Party (VICE; Photo Essay)

Every March, Barranquilla, Colombia transforms into an explosion of dance, colors and music for it's Carnaval celebration, the second biggest in the world. But for the country's indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations – groups facing mass-violence, displacement and stigmatization – the Carnaval has become something more significant.

Here’s Why Colombia Opened Its Arms to Venezuelan Migrants—Until Now (Foreign Policy)

For years, Colombians fleeing violence left for Venezuela. Now mass migration flows the other way. And while other Latin American countries have seen a wave of xenophobia, Colombia has comparatively maintained solidarity with their "Venezuelan brothers."

Do Venezuelans Actually Want U.S. Help? (New Republic)

The United States has a long and bloody history of interventions in Latin American countries, some of which are still affected today. As the Trump administration hints at the idea of intervention in Venezuela, it's receiving a powerful reaction by both international leaders and Venezuelans alike.

Maternal mortality up 83% along Venezuela border as migrants flee country (Women's Media Center) 

As pregnant Venezuelan women face extreme condition and lack basic medical treatments or resources in their, they flood into Colombia. That exodus has brought with it a health crisis on the border and has resulted in a skyrocketing in maternal mortality rates.

Food, medical supplies sitting on the Colombia-Venezuela border bring hope to migrants (USA Today)

Trucks brimming with food, medical supplies and hygiene kits from the United States rolled up to the Colombia-Venezuela border, offering the Venezuelan people a teetering new hope for their spiraling country. But 27-year-old Ricardo Toreabo was one of the tens of thousands of migrants still streaming in the other direction.


Passage Prevented: Trump’s border wall threatens delicate wildlife habitat (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting)

President Trump's long-touted campaign promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would ravage one of the the biodiverse regions of North America and cut off the migration patterns of dwindling and endangered species in both countries. | Featured by HuffPost

Colombia's Displaced People Find Home by Transforming What's Discarded (Sojourners)

It was 32 years ago that guerillas and armed forces rolled into the Elsy Torreglosa Gallego’s small Colombian town and violence erupted. Torreglosa, one of the South American country's 7.5 million displaced, fled to Moravia, the place for what Colombia discarded.

‘Should I be planning for the worst?’: Uncertainty looms as DREAMers fight for justice (ThinkProgress)

Maria Socorro Leon Pena, a 20-year-old 'Dreamer' from Mexico, grew up in the shadows until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowed her to work and support her undocumented family in Arizona. When the Trump administration called for the end of DACA in 2017, Pena journeyed across the United States to tell her story to Congress.

Colombia stepping on press freedoms, especially among foreign journalists (Poynter)

Colombia's government in December 2017 changed the country's immigration rules, making it near impossible for foreign journalists to get the visas they need to report on the country. After 12 journalists' were unable to obtain visas, two of which were forced out of the country, press freedom organizations accused the government of a "collective censorship" of the foreign press.

Venezuela-Colombia Border Churches Fill Aid Gap in Migration Crisis (Sojourners)

It was 7 a.m. along the Colombia-Venezuela border and Daisy Godoy was planted in the same spot she was every morning: outside a soup kitchen with thousands of newly arrived Venezuelan migrants. Those makeshift migrant shelters have become a lifeline for thousands of Venezuelans unable to receive basic food and medicine in their own country.

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