Massively flee the Venezuelan people
• People are fleeing en masse from Venezuela
In the photos captured a mass exodus of refugees across the bridge Simón Bolívar in neighboring Colombia. They are fleeing from hunger and violence that engulfed Venezuela. Colombia has sent extra patrols to border protection after the past six months, the country took over half a million workers. Venezuela has also tightened border controls to stop the flow of refugees.
Difficult economic conditions have led to rampant crime in certain areas of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas: the bandits rob trucks with food, as in the movie "Mad Max." According to Reuters, 162 cases of looting were reported in January, 42 of them - the attack on the trucks.
In Venezuela, at the moment one of the highest murder rates in the world. Drivers are not allowed to carry weapons, so they form convoys for protection. Drivers warn each other of danger on the road and try to move faster.
Many Venezuelans have left the house in search of food. Mass migration the government does not like, and it is making every effort to strengthen the border.
During a visit to the border town in the midst of the growing migration crisis in Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos announced the new measures taken to curb the flow of Venezuelan refugees. "Colombia has never been in such a situation, with some facing today", - said Santos.
The flow of migrants has risen sharply in Colombia after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has taken steps to consolidate power, and the country's economy plummeted. Currently, in Colombia there are 600,000 Venezuelans - twice as much as six months ago. But some experts believe that this number is much higher.
The wave of migration has covered Colombia for her in a difficult time, when the country began to recover after the completion of more than 50 years of armed conflict. Many Venezuelans arrive illegally and need medical attention.
"This is a tragedy. And I want to reiterate to President Maduro: this is the result of your policy, "- says Santos.
More than two thousand troops will be sent to patrol the dirt roads on the border with Venezuela. The new unit, which controls the migrants will patrol public places where refugees gather and monitor issues such as prostitution, which appeared on the wave of migration.