¿Qué Pasa Venezuela?

As a United States-based non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Colombia, TodoSomos will, through the collection of first person handwritten testimonials by Venezuelan refugees,  create an archive of individuals’ and families’ stories in this crisis – the  exodus and their experience as part of the Venezuelan diáspora.  

The TodoSomos archive will be available to everyone – journalists, aid agencies, donors, researchers, government and United Nations officials, and the general public. On a periodic basis TodoSomos will select, transcribe and translate a selection of the writings that reflect the greater body of work. These selections will be published in bilingual books which will be distributed in print form throughout the Americas and in a digital format online.

Together with population based data, this will shine light on the Venezuelan crisis in a way that will better engage the attention of the global community and in turn  help to insure the needs and voice of ordinary Venezuelans are heard and that they are louder than politicians and powerful special interests. It is our goal to make these voices part of Venezuela’s – indeed, the world’s – historical record.

Our methodology will ensure that those that choose to write will understand our respect for anonymity, the value of handwritten testimony, and the greater purpose of our work in advocacy and creation of a permanent archive.  

This work is important. As of October 2019 the UN estimates that more than 4.5 million Venezuelans have left their country. The majority have crossed on foot through a high Andean mountain pass (3,900m) near Cucuta in Colombia.   Today more than 10,000 Venezuelans make this crossing each month.

As a United States-based non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Colombia, TodoSomos will, through the collection of first person handwritten testimonials by Venezuelan refugees,  create an archive of individuals’ and families’ stories in this crisis – the  exodus and their experience as part of the Venezuelan diáspora.  

The TodoSomos archive will be available to everyone – journalists, aid agencies, donors, researchers, government and United Nations officials, and the general public. On a periodic basis TodoSomos will select, transcribe and translate a selection of the writings that reflect the greater body of work. These selections will be published in bilingual books which will be distributed in print form throughout the Americas and in a digital format online.

Together with population based data, this will shine light on the Venezuelan crisis in a way that will better engage the attention of the global community and in turn  help to insure the needs and voice of ordinary Venezuelans are heard and that they are louder than politicians and powerful special interests. It is our goal to make these voices part of Venezuela’s – indeed, the world’s – historical record.

Our methodology will ensure that those that choose to write will understand our respect for anonymity, the value of handwritten testimony, and the greater purpose of our work in advocacy and creation of a permanent archive.  

This work is important. As of October 2019 the UN estimates that more than 4.5 million Venezuelans have left their country. The majority have crossed on foot through a high Andean mountain pass (3,900m) near Cucuta in Colombia.   Today more than 10,000 Venezuelans make this crossing each month.

Observations from the story collectors

Comenzamos nuestro primer libro en un refugio en Pamplona…

Allí, noche tras noche,
Nos hemos visto abrumados por el silencio cuando pedimos su ayuda,
Nos hemos visto conmovidos por sus palabras escritas,
Nos hemos visto,
Los hemos visto,
cuando nos buscaban y nos miraban a los ojos
tomando la mano con firmeza y diciendo:
Gracias…
Alguien tiene que saber, alguien debe escucharnos …

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