Emergency alert: Venezuela

As political tensions swirl inside Venezuela, the humanitarian impact continues to be felt both in Venezuela and across the surrounding region.

Key updates:

  • So far, estimates suggest 3.3 million people fled Venezuela in 2018, of which 460,000 are children and most of them need some assistance (IOM,UNHCR). There are fears this number could climb dramatically as the situation worsens.
  • Overall, nine million Venezuelans are affected out of which six million inside the country are food insecure (source Caritas Venezuela).
  • World Food Programme has warned of the risk of malnutrition suffered by many of the three million Venezuelans people who have left the country.
  • 250,000 Venezuelan citizens are officially registered in Ecuador. Humanitarian agencies believe the number to be much higher, with many living in irregular migratory condition.
  • 1.2 million Venezuelans are registered in Colombia. Severe impacts of the crisis were reported especially on women.
  • Over 1.3 million Venezuelans are estimated to be living in Peru by December 2019 (IOM & UNHCR Projections); of these, 85 per cent will be in need of humanitarian assistance.

"Women really bear the brunt of this crisis."

Sofia Sprechmann

CARE International

CARE is responding:

CARE is working with local partners to respond in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Our work includes providing assistance for food and shelter, hygiene and sanitation support, helping people deal with trauma, directing refugees to find legal assistance, and working to prevent gender-based violence and human trafficking.


You can help

In an emergency, a quick response saves lives. Donate now to CARE Canada's Emergency Response Fund.


CARE has spokespeople available in the region. Contact:

Darcy Knoll, Communications Specialist, CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 1-613-228-5641