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Online Event: Venezuela on the Brink of Famine: The Impact of Covid-19

September 15, 2020 • 10:00 – 10:45 am EDT

Covid-19 is worsening Venezuela's complex humanitarian crisis

Hospitals in Venezuela are reporting deadly surges in Covid-19, a pandemic the country is utterly unprepared to treat. The Maduro regime has limited testing to a few government-controlled labs, casting doubt on official government tallies. And, while aid and technical assistance have trickled in—facilitated by a humanitarian agreement signed by the opposition and the regime in early June—much more is needed. Gasoline remains scarce despite highly publicized gasoline shipments from Iran, paralyzing food distribution systems. 35% of adults are eating only once per day. Facing economic uncertainty, tens of thousands of vulnerable migrants have chosen to return, and the regime has accused them of being 'biological weapons'. Now the poorest country in Latin America, Venezuela is on the verge of famine with a third of its population in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

This virtual event will shed light on the gravity of the situation on the ground and how the Covid-19 pandemic has further deepened the humanitarian crisis. We will hear from representatives of civil society organizations that are monitoring and responding to the humanitarian crisis, including Cáritas Venezuela and Acción Solidaria.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Moises Rendon

Moises Rendon

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Jacob Kurtzer
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Humanitarian Agenda

Susana Raffalli

Senior Humanitarian Adviser, Cáritas Venezuela

Feliciano Reyna

President, Acción Solidaria