The Venezuelan diaspora has a vital role that isn’t often mentioned. Sending money, food or medicine, is only part of it. But our diaspora can help by offering moral support, advice, words of encouragement and a virtual shoulder to lean on, too.
Those who went to that march to Miraflores, like me, or those who saw it happen on TV, didn’t know back then what we know now: that April 11th, 2002 was going to benefit chavismo, ironically enough, and change the country in profound and perhaps irreversible ways.
Have you ever thought about how many talented, engaged Venezuelans have died abroad, in exile? How about a quick look at this list?
We don’t have a single name for this thing lurking just around the corner. El vainón is vaguer than that: an image, a metaphor, mixed with fear, anger, and hope.
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