Coronavirus lockdowns across Latin America send Venezuelan migrants back to their broken homeland
For a growing number, the decision has been agonizing. Sanbrano was working on a construction site in Quito, Ecuador, and sending back money for his young wife and infant son. When Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno ordered a national lockdown, he quickly lost his job. Unable to pay the $60 monthly rent for his small room in the capital, and with no hope of finding new work, he was evicted.
Faced with the choice of hunger and homelessness in Quito or the compounding but familiar hardships in Venezuela, he opted to travel back to his family. He packed his few belongings and set out on the 1,590-mile trek back to Caracas.
“I’ve been sleeping and eating on the streets along the way,” Sanbrano said. “I’ve had to beg for food. It shames me that I have to do that.”
“We are waiting for our compatriots who were victims of xenophobia and have decided to return to Venezuela, their homeland,” Maduro boasted on Twitter. “Here, we open our arms to you …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]