Take a minute to read this while I bend down to pick up my cédula…

Red Cross Curaçao is prepared for possible Venezuelan refugees. In the case the situation in Venezuela becomes worse, Curaçao could be confronted with people trying to flee from the South American neighbor. Red Cross is talking to the government about this situation.

This is according to the President of Red Cross Curaçao, Angelo Ramirez. “Lately there has been a lot of attention on this topic in the local media. Especially on the political asylum, refugees, migrants and such. Even behind the scenes we have been working on this. This is not specifically our responsibility, but working as the Red Cross, we will assist and even try to proactively raise funds.”

According to Ramirez there are many people here following the political events in Venezuela. “If things continue this way we can expect that maybe people will try to flee their country and they will come our way. Of course we don’t have the capacity to help them all.”

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20 COMMENTS

  1. The reports of Venezuela’s death have been greatly exaggerated but when I read in aporrea things like this “el pueblo venezolano en su mayoría no esta formado para el trabajo honesto, para ser empresario y, mucho menos para surgir con sacrificio. Si no, para aprovechar las oportunidades, para amasar fortuna, lucrarse, apropiarse de los recursos de otros y, peor aun, del estado (Carlos Carrasquero) I don’t know what to think.

    Let me add some tweets about the surrealist madness of your country:

    Reconocer la propiedad sobre la vivienda viola el derecho a la vivienda. Eso dice el TSJ–>
    @ignandez

    Venezuela schools and offices are closed today to save energy. Not helping: dirt-cheap electricity prices. My bill for the year so far [april] is $3
    @hannahdreier

    Venezuela hospital says 7 babies died during a blackout last week because neonatal respirators failed. Becoming a recurring issue here…
    ‏@soniachocron
    (so, gasoline and electricity for free, paid by the government? no problem. Medicines and proper care for newborn babies? No, “no hay dólares para importaciones”)

    En estas noches llegué y escuché a mi mamá decirle al perro que no le iba a dar comida, porque la que tenía era para nosotros.
    Luis Valdez

    Complimented someone on their new beard — only to be told it was due to a razor shortage
    ‏@AlexandraUlmer

    • Al escribir esa frase estaba parafraseando a Mark Twain. Los tweets después dejan claro que yo también pienso que lo que está ocurriendo es una verdadera desgracia para el país. Las noticias sobre Venezuela me dejan verdaderamente perplejo y nunca me canso de leerlas.

  2. International refugee status … increased international attention … pressure, pressure, pressure. The chavistas seem to be unable to score anything but own-goals these days. Darn!

  3. Sheesh … I just had an incredible memory of the taste of the first sip of an ice-cold “lisa” at Tolon in Las Mercedes, about 40 years ago. The color, the frost on the mug, the foam on top … Polar. Un bolivar, de los viejos, mucho antes del “bolivar fuerte.” The shape and shine of the coin in the electric lights, I always thought it was such a pretty coin, the seal on the back, the head of Bolivar on the front, the ring of it on the formica as it cantilevered around its center, rocking back and forth in a circle before gravity and entropy settled it flat on the bar. The red tile floor, the sound of the wooden feet of the padded bar stool. La pequena sonrisa del tipo detras del bar, el quien nos sirvio a todos nosotros, los jovenes … the open evening air in Caracas, the sounds of conversation, laughter, passing cars, the ranas singing in the plants. I wonder if he knew how good it was, back then, I wonder if he enjoyed our enjoyment, our smiles, I wonder if he knew how lives are seemingly made of moments we live, owning everything then, maybe not fully appreciative of all we have – I wonder if he knew that we were living such a moment, one of those that comes back in memory? Floating back to us years and years and worlds and lifetimes later, with all their sounds and colors, haunting us, driving us to make them happen again, so that maybe then, maybe then, maybe in that “next time,” we will appreciate, and not let them get away so easily, not let them pass half-noticed. And maybe we will not then permit some half-baked clowns with diseases of the mind and soul destroy those conditions which made such pleasures in life.

  4. I don’t know about Curacao but if some of Venezuela’s larger neighbours had exerted some pressure on this regime when it was called for, and had not instead been eager enablers in the name of short term economic interests and some bullshit notion of anti-imperialist solidarity, we might be looking at some viable path to a peaceful transition instead of surveying a collection of ostriches with their heads buried in the ground wondering things like what mass hunger might look like in a 21st century petrostate, where the refugees might go, and what the gringos have planned when the whole thing blows (as usual, damned if they do something, damned if they don’t, etc.). Depressing.

    • Well put. When “non-interference” results in nothing done to reduce the prospect of starving Venezuelans flooding the borders of the “non-interfering” countries, we see the viability of “non-interference” for those countries. But in defense of Venezuela’s neighbors, they were also in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Had they not enabled Chavismo and not espoused “”non-interference,” Chavismo would have accused them of being lackeys of the Evil Empire etc.

      Had current, not just former, Presidents tried to visit LL in prison, what would have resulted?

      • Diplomacy has always been a tricky business with this bunch of pseudo revolutionary prima donnas, but my impression has long been that the behavior of regional leaders has been irresponsible. You are right. It is unthinkable that Dilma would even ask to visit LL in prison. Shockingly so, in fact. But had she tried, what ultimately is Venezuela going to do? They can send paratroopers to the border, they could invade, they could march all the way to Rio, and it would not matter a whit if Brazil decided to export its food elsewhere.

  5. Speaking about heads in the sand, the editorial board of the New York times blamed the energy shortage on the drought and Venezuela’s financial disaster on the fall in the price of oil. Maduro et al were faulted only for not having plans and policies to counter these problems but nowhere did the esteemed editorial board suggest that their failed policies caused or contributed to these problems. How about a scholarship for the NYT, a six month free subscription to Caracas Chronicles.

  6. Addressing some of the comments here: Venezuelans in general are NOT prepared to do productive work (as Aporrea says-imagine!), due to: lack of sufficient education; Petro-Peon State dole conditioning; “ley del vivo” “I’ll grab mine, damn the others” mentality; and generalized corruption coupled with judicial impunity. Venezuela has noone to blame but itself, certainly not lack of international pressure–if I’m lazy, corrupt, mendigant, I certainly don’t blame my neighbors’ lack of intervention for my condition. Venezuela’s problems are cultural, societal, and only partly economically circumstantial. Without the meager prospects of oil going forward, Venezuela would be the poorest nation in Latin America, with the possible exception of over-crowded/resource-poor Haiti.

  7. Drought and the price of oil, are the rationales offered by the New York Times Editorial Board for the power outages and economic collapse in Venezuela as per the quote below.

    Venezuela’s economy is expected to shrink by 8 percent this year, primarily as a result of the low price of oil…..A persistent drought, meanwhile, has led to power shortages because Venezuela depends heavily on hydroelectric power.

  8. In June they are inagurating high speed ferry between Curacao, Aruba and Falcon with PARAGUANA 1 (1996, ex-Pegasus One, Stena Pegasus,Tallink Autoexpress 4, Speed Runner II)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIzfG4RkW6Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH-MPq7sKU4

    The ship PARAGUANA I (IMO: 9125891, MMSI: 312177000) is a High speed craft registered in Belize. The vessel PARAGUANA I has a deadweight of 405 tonnes and was built in 1996. The gross tonnage is 3971.

    https://www.fleetmon.com/vessels/paraguana-i_9125891_55884/

    http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/nacionales/falcon-se-encienden-motores-para-conexion-maritima-aruba-y-curazao/

  9. The fast ferry service to Curacao beggingin in June is linked to Tareck El Aissami and Maria Gabriela Chavez. The vessel was bought and paid for in Greece last year and has been retrofitted and repainted. The former Speed Runner II (Aegean Speed Lines) is now Paraguana 1. Paraguana 2 is in the works.

  10. Both Aruba and Curaçao’s Governments and citizens are worried about the Venezuelan situation, local media report on the situation daily. In the last year, a lot Venezuelans (me included) have migrated to both islands, legally and illegally. It’s a tricky situation, because there are many immigrants who come to invest, or with a highly qualified curriculum and are a huge both to these small economies (Sambil just opened in Curaçao last year), but Venezuelan criminal activity has also reached the former Netherlands Antilles. Aruba is even considering introducing a Visa for Venezuelans.

    There is a big push against PDVSA in Curaçao, due to the lack of environmental control of the refinery (under lease until 2019), and many are demanding the oil company to upgrade the facilities if they want to renew the lease.

    By the way, former offices of the Banco Industrial de Venezuela are still open, with just a paper on the front glass that says that Banco de Venezuela works from there. God knows what’s going on in there.

  11. As a little kid some 60 years ago living on Curacao we always went to Willemstad to buy the best in Venezuela fruits, vegetables and fish from the sail boats. Now this. Obviously poverty stricken, and very hungry, Venezuelans will flee to the ABC Islands. Grow up Curacao, reality has arrived – “Times-have-a-the-changed”.
    As an aside, in The Hague we have a Madurodam, a miniscule imitation of the good old Dutch days and named after a famous and dedicated Curacaoenaar. What is in a name!

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