Arauca is one of the most isolated regions of Colombia. It is the place that per capita has received most migrants from Venezuela.
The official border crossing in the Colombian Arauca region with Venezuela is the José Antonio Páez bridge. This young Venezuelan earns his living by helping border crossers carry their luggage across the border.
The Arauca river, about 100 meters wide, is the border line and a lifeline between Colombia and Venezuela .
Brisas del Puente, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the capital of Arauca, houses many Venezuelan migrants. Most of the men here, Venezuelans and Colombians, work as boatmen and fishermen.
Arauca is a place where Colombians and Venezuelan migrants live peacefully side by side.
Luis Duque sold hotdogs in Venezuela. After he migrated to Brisas del Puente, he is trying to survive as a fisherman.
Luis Jaime, also Venezuelan, works as a "palero".
He digs sand from the ground of the Arauca river.
Then he sells the sand to construction businesses.
Every day a week, the paleros dive to the ground of the river and dig sand with their metal plates.
Its a physically exhausting task.
The Colombian armada has the impossible job to refrain illegal migration and contraband on the river.
Its an impossible task, this officer said.
Venezuelans migrants in Colombia dont receive any state subsidies. This Venezuelan family is medically attended by a NGO.
Pet crime and violence is a problem in Brisas del Puente . This neighbour got stabbed in a fight over a lost billiard game.
Migrants in Colombia expect nothing from government. Or you work or you starve.
Jesús Jiménez is Colombian. Half of his neighbours are Venezuelans. There havent been violent conflicts between, he said.
Colombian national Rodolfo lost his boat in an accident and his motor to the guerrilla.
When he goes fishing, he needs to rent boat and motor.
These Venezuelan Bolivares have no value anymore, due to the highest inflation rate of any country wordwide.
Colombians and Venezuelans work and cooperate smoothly at the riverside.
Both sides dont expect much from anyone even less politicians. Its all about making it to the next day.
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