CARACAS – Tons of of Venezuelan kids are fleeing into Brazil alone and at danger of changing into homeless, abused or recruited by gangs, Human Rights Watch mentioned Thursday.
The human rights group cited authorities figures indicating that over 500 kids have crossed into the Brazilian state of Roraima since Could.
Ninety p.c of the Venezuelan kids have been between 13 and 17 and traveled alone or with an grownup who was not a relative or authorized guardian. Many have been fleeing starvation, searching for healthcare to deal with critical illnesses or looking for work in Brazil.
The humanitarian emergency is driving kids to flee Venezuela alone, mentioned Cesar Munoz, senior Brazil researcher at Human Rights Watch.
An estimated 4.6 million Venezuelans have fled their nation’s financial and political turmoil, a determine that the United Nations believes may attain 6.5 million by the tip of 2020, making it one of many largest mass migrations on the planet at the moment.
Greater than 224,000 have fled to Brazil, the place many stay in the border state of Roraima due to its relative isolation from the remainder of the nation. Human Rights Watch discovered that lots of the shelters there are overcrowded, which means kids typically find yourself dwelling on the streets and unable to entry authorities companies.
One 16-year-old boy was discovered choked to dying in October, his physique left in a plastic bag.
Whereas Brazilian authorities are making a fantastic effort to accommodate lots of of Venezuelans crossing day by day into Brazil, they’re failing to present these kids the safety they desperately want, Munoz mentioned.
The examine encourages Brazil’s federal authorities to work with native authorities to determine, monitor and help unaccompanied Venezuelan minors.