AMERICA/VENEZUELA - "I do not mind, he is my brother": campaign to welcome those who return

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 migrants   solidarity   human rights   hunger   caritas  


Guasdualito (Agenzia Fides) - On the occasion of the return of Venezuelans to their country, on the border with Alto Apure, the Bishop of the diocese of Guasdualito, in Venezuela, launched the campaign "I do not mind, he is my brother", to encourage hospitality towards people who are currently arriving from the neighboring country of Colombia.
Mgr. Pablo Modesto said that the reason for this campaign is to motivate solidarity towards anyone in need. "Things are difficult, we are in difficult times, but this time we can turn into an opportunity, not only to become more selfish and take care of ourselves, neglecting others, but we must awaken the sensitive heart we have and share from our poverty, from our need. This is the reason why we want to invite this people, who are hospitable by nature, to be welcoming", said the Bishop.
The note sent to Fides by the Episcopal Conference, CEV, informs that through the Jose Antonio Páez international bridge, about 250 people are welcomed every day by the authorities of the municipality of José Antonio Páez, thanks to the humanitarian corridor that allowed the entry of about 3 thousand Venezuelans who are returning to their country and are brought to the centers ready for quarantine because of the pandemic. Complying with the recommendations of the national government, they must remain under observation for 14 days, and only after they can move to their home cities.
The diocese of Guasdualito (Venezuela) and the diocese of Arauca (Colombia) therefore promoted this campaign "It do not mind, he is my brother", and Mgr. Pablo Modesto thanked for the welcome that Colombians had towards Venezuelans. Through the diocesan Caritas they got in touch to support the mayor of the region and managed, with the authorities of Arauca, to get mats or mattresses, making every effort to bring them to Guasdualito. "I take advantage of this circumstance to thank everyone for the joint work that is taking place not only among the States, but also with the Church itself", said the Bishop. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/4/2020)