Day 1 in Colombia

Cúcuta. Colombia. On the 25th of February, with the border between Venezuela and Colombia in close proximity, I met the Venezuelan migrant Miguel Torres and his family, eight people in total. They had left Caracas the evening before and arrived on the Colombian side that morning with seven bags on their shoulders and almost no money. Torres told me that his grandmother was taking care of their house back in Maiquetía, near the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. A month later, I visited his grandmother.

This is a photo essay in construction about a Venezuelan who left his home country and about his loved ones left behind. All of them are trying desperately to survive.

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Sit and Wait

Caracas. 19th of march. Miguel Torres´ grandmother Rosario lives in a modest house in Maiquetía, a small city close to Caracas. One in ten Venezuelans have fled the political and economic crisis in their home country since 2015. Those who stay behind are disproportionally elderly people like Rosario.

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