A little more than a year ago we began collecting hand written stories from Venezuelans as they fled into Colombia for refuge and work. We left ledger books with numbered pages in the places they slept at night -- these in private houses opened by good hearted Colombians and in more formal places called ‘refugios’ operated by national and international NGOs. As of February 2020 it was estimated that their numbers had grown to almost two million. As
The brilliance of TodoSomos is in the way they are able to humanize an unprecedented refugee crisis while also offering a tangible way for their audience to interact with the material on an emotional as well as intellectual level. Having led humanitarian projects for the past several years along the Venezuela-Colombia border, it has been impossible for me to transmit the thousands of personal interactions I’ve had with Venezuelan refugees as they seek a new life in another
TodoSomos gives voice to the ongoing tragedy of Venezuelan migrant families trudging the roads of Colombia searching for peace and security. This is one of the world’s largest untold humanitarian crises, affecting tens of thousands of the most vulnerable people, made now worse by the covid-19 outbreak and economic decline of both their host and home country. I have seen first-hand the impact of this disaster – both in Venezuela and Colombia – and the heartbreaking scenes of
notes from Cúcuta at the Venezuelan border with Colombia From: Douglas Lyon MD (Director TodoSomos) Date: March 21, 2020 It’s the things we don’t see, the things I don’t see that worry me the most – the things that are out of sight and out of mind while we are preoccupied with the other. Decisions followed by edicts and orders and mandates, as we see with the government response to the Corona virus outbreak can be life saving.