Manaus in Brazil declares social emergency after influx of Venezuelans
The Warao, who said they left Venezuela due to the lack of food and the ongoing political and economic crisis, are camped out under a Manaus viaduct near the Manaus Bus Station, Jornal O Globo reported. The emergency decree seeks government funds to help with the influx.
The Warao, which have a total population of about 20,000, mostly live on houses built atop Venezuela's Orinoco river. Some said they have traveled more than 1,200 miles to reach Brazil, most migrating to the Brazilian states of Amazonas and Roraima.
The government of Manaus said the Warao are camped in public areas where children, adolescents and the elderly are especially under threat.
Manaus officials said they deployed the city's municipal secretariat for Women, Social Assistance and Human Rights to ensure the Warao are provided humanitarian assistance.
Manaus revealed the emergency decree on Monday, which it issued on Thursday. ■