Two natives were killed and up to twelve injured in Venezuela earlier this week after attempting to receive humanitarian aid brought from neighboring countries. This aid included first aid kits, food, but most importantly, vaccines.
In 2016, Venezuela celebrated the eradication of measles in the nation, but only two years later, a lack of vaccines resulting from Maduro’s prohibition of aid has resulted in an outbreak that has now spread to nearby countries, causing a state of emergency in Ecuador. More than 2,600 cases were reported in Amazonas and Roraima in Brazil alone.
Venezuelan natives took to the local airport in Santa Elena de Uairén this Friday, using only their bodies as shields to keep the local Bolivarian National Guard forces from stopping the delivery of aide to a people in desperate need. Following this, two Pemons, local indigenous people of the Amazons, were killed and 12 injured, five with gunshots. This happened early in the day, round 7:00 am. This resulted in the local natives taking action against Maduro’s Government by burning down the National Guard post responsible to the murders.
Of the victims of the National Guard’s heavy handed tactics, the two who died were Zorayda Rodriguez, a 42 year old, and Rolando García, only 33 years old. The others were transported to Brazil for immediate care.
Not content with revenge, the locals took to the rest of the airport, besieging the facility and welcoming in the aid from neighboring countries. Among the aid was much needed food, medicine, and vaccines for the locals, whose community in the south of Venezuela has been the most affected by Maduro’s efforts to stop an uprising. The aid included enough supplies for the more than 300,000 Venezuelans at risk of death.
Among those most affected by the Chavismo regime of Maduro are indigenous people. In large cities, the Wayú have resorted to gathering food from dumpsters, while some even neared the border with nearby countries to give away their children due to the high risk of death and starvation in their community, a topic often untouched by media outlets outside of South America.
This siege has led to massive support for Juan Guaidó, interim President of Venezuela. More local leaders have begun to drop support for Maduro, including the mayor of Santa Elena de Uairén, were the airport was, who declared that Maduro had no more power over the country and should not attempt to retaliate against the locals or stop the aid that has now poured into the desperate country.
As of moments before this articles writing, two more have been killed in the area.
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