by Keiran Southern, Daily Mail:
- Thousands of desperate Venezuelans are trying to enter Colombia through the border crossing of Cucuta
- They are fleeing hunger, inflation and the political crisis threatening to engulf the South American country
- Colombia – along with neighbour Brazil – has sent extra soldiers to patrol their porous border with Venezuela
- The crisis shows no sign of easing and Colombian lawmakers are beginning to tighten their border controls
The dire economic conditions have led to lawlessness in parts of Venezuela’s capital Caracas, with truck drivers subjected to ‘Mad Max’ violence as looters target heavy goods vehicles carrying food.
According to Reuters, there were 162 lootings across Venezuela in January, including 42 robberies of trucks.
That is compared to just eight lootings, including one truck robbery, 12 months ago.
Last month, eight people were killed in lootings.
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates and the attacks are pushing up food and transport costs.
The truckers are not allowed to carry guns so have resorted to forming convoys to protect themselves. They text each other warnings about potential trouble spots and keep moving as fast as possible.
Massive numbers of Venezuelans have been driven from their homes by a dire financial crisis that has seen many struggling to feed themselves.
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