The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed concern about the situation of Venezuelan migrant families in Latin America, who are victims of xenophobia and discriminatory practices.
“It is worrying he reality that hundreds of refugee and migrant families from Venezuela in Latin America and the Caribbean are facing right now. Moved by hope and uncertainty, they embark on risky paths and routes,” declared Unicef in a statement released on Monday.
The UN body stressed that these families, many with children, seek and need stability.
Furthermore, they urged that these people receive the opportunity for their sons and daughters to know more than living on the road, that they can make friends, enroll in school and have the opportunity to rebuild a decent life and contribute to your community.
“Faced with this, it is important that humanitarian assistance reaches those who need it and that inclusion policies and programs are promoted that benefit the entire community, with the support of the international community,” they added.
Under this framework, they announced that they will appeal to all political, social and community leaders to build a culture of peace, calm and measure, which promotes coexistence and respect for diversity and the rights of all people, condemning discriminatory and xenophobic attitudes and actions.
Finally, they recalled that historically, the arrival of refugees and migrants constitutes an opportunity for development and enriches our societies.