35 people received recognition as refugees in Venezuela

This Wednesday, 35 people in Venezuela received recognition for the condition of refugees in the country, as part of the commemoration of the 15 years of the National Commission for Refugees (CONARE).

This process will be carried out by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Venezuelan State as a whole.

«UNHCR is going to take care of the costs of the process of obtaining passport documents», said Matthew Crentsil, representative of UNHCR in Venezuela, according to a press release from the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs (MPPRE).

This procedure will be carried out before the National Office of Identification and Immigration and Identification and Aliens Direction (SAIME).

The 35 refugees are made up by 28 Colombians, six Syrians and one Saharawi, who were received by the Ombudsman, Alfredo Ruiz, who welcomed them; «You have my admiration, because you have come to Venezuela to build a better world for yourselves and your families, but also for your community», he said.

During the ceremony that took place at the headquarters of the Venezuelan chancellery, citizen Zenaida Uzaquen, a Colombian national, thanked the opportunity to be able to establish bases in the nation:

«Thank you for everything you do for every foreigner, every brother of us. I tell Venezuelans to value the beautiful country they have, I do not want to leave, I love Venezuela, because in Colombia many people turned their backs on us», she said.