The UNHCR estimates that the Venezuelan exodus is expected to reach 5.3 million people in 2019 fleeing the country due to the serious humanitarian crisis of recent years. I followed the daily arrival of Venezuelans in the city of Pacaraima, bordering the state of Roraima, the poorest Brazilian district during 15 days documenting their daily life. At the moment 85% of the population of the city of Pacaraima is of Venezuelans. Internationalization processes are being coordinated by humanitarian aid organizations such as the UNHCR. Entire families are being displaced to work on fruit plantations in southern Brazil.


The exodus of Venezuelans brought impacts on the already precarious structure of the State of Roraima. Access to drinking water is done through artesian wells and blackouts are daily. Many families are sleeping on the streets and due to lack of employment. Roraima was one of the few Brazilian states to show an increase in violence in 2018.

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