The political crisis in Venezuela has caused a socioeconomic collapse in the largest oil producer in South America. The country's economy is basically driven by the export of oil that had the price of a barrel halved in 2016, generating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Currently, 82% of the Venezuelan population lives below the poverty line and the lack of food reaches the same percentage. Waves of violence and protests broke out in the main cities of the country in the year 2017. This situation provoked a continuous wave of immigrants who moved to several countries in South America. In Brazil, the Warao Indians arrived in Boa Vista, in the State of Roraima and soon moved to a larger city, Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Data from the INE (National Institute of Statistics) indicates that 4,091,717 Venezuelans left the country in the last twelve months.


In Manaus, the Warao found welcoming and adversity on the part of the Brazilians. The economic crisis in Brazil also fueled a scenario of rejection and prejudice against Latino immigrants, while Welfare and Charity Institutions installed and fed the Warao Indians. "We are looking for a job and a better life," says Bergessio Quiñonez, "we just want to live in peace."


I documented the first days that the Waraos arrived in Manaus in search of a new beginning, a new life in an unknown country and the new challenges of survival.

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