Luke Taylor is a British journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia, where he covers politics, the peace process, and the Venezuela crisis.
Dilan Cruz’s death made him a martyr in the eyes of many Colombians, reigniting mass protests just as they began to fade. But his death has also been used to politicize the moment as President Ivan Duque attempts to quell the weeks-long protests.
Exilio was formed by three Venezuelan migrants who came together in Bogotá, Colombia, after leaving their friends and family behind to seek a new start. The crisis in Venezuela has produced a new wave of angry youth expressing their rage through heavy guitar riffs and howling vocals.
Over 1,400 defectors and their families are holed up in hotels in Cúcuta, Colombia, where they are registered as asylum-seekers, according to Colombia's migration authority. But funding has run out.
Conflict & Justice
Nearly three years on, Colombia's fragile peace process is faltering as armed gangs and drug cartels continue to grip the country.
Armed civilians loyal to embattled President Nicolás Maduro are more trusted than the military to restore order and quell dissent in Venezuela.
The aid the volunteers hoped to carry over the bridges has become a flashpoint in Venezuela’s political crisis. But the humanitarian aid plan was fraught with complications from the very beginning.
The first convoy of trucks carrying 50 tons of aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela arrived at the Colombian-Venezuelan border town of Cúcuta on Thursday afternoon. Their arrival comes a day after the Venezuelan military barricaded the bridge set to transport the aid.
As the economic and political crisis continues under President Nicolás Maduro, some 40,000 Venezuelans a day cross the Simón Bolívar bridge into Colombia. Some return or linger at the border. Others keep on walking.