Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment the Government has made of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and its effect on Latin America.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK Government is extremely concerned about the situation in Venezuela, with the UN estimating that over four million people are suffering from malnourishment. As the situation has deteriorated, over three million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries.

We will be providing a package of £6.5 million in aid to respond to the most severe health and nutrition needs in Venezuela and the region. DFID staff have been deployed in the region since last year and this package builds on our core support to the UN and Red Cross, operating since the early stages of the crisis. The UK Government continues to call for all actors to allow unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of the Venezuelan people.

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