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Vice President Mike Pence came out swinging in his remarks Wednesday at a special session of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in Venezuela. He described in vivid terms the misery and suffering that the Maduro regime has inflicted on the people of Venezuela, causing more than three million Venezuelans to leave the country out of sheer desperation, and the threat the Maduro regime’s repressive policies have posed to the peace and security of the wider region.
“Venezuela is a failed state, and as history teaches, failed states know no boundaries,” Vice President Pence said. “Drug traffickers, criminal gangs, even terrorists like Hezbollah, are exploiting the chaos in Venezuela to gain a foothold in the region and export crime and violence. Were we to let the crisis continue, the chaos and suffering will only spread.” Vice President Pence then declared, “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolás Maduro must go.”
Depth - Crisis - Stark - Terms - Mark
The depth of the humanitarian crisis was described in stark terms by Mark Lowcock, the UN humanitarian chief, before Vice President Pence delivered his remarks. “The context is a severe and continuing economic contraction, with associated dramatic increases in inflation, on a scale seen in few if any other countries around the world in recent years,” Mr. Lowcock told the Security Council.
3.7 million are believed to have suffered from undernourishment in 2018. 2.8 million people are estimated to need health assistance. 17 per cent of people living in poverty have no access to safe water, or receive it only once every two weeks.
Backdrop - Predictions - Trends - Mass - Exodus
It is against this backdrop and predictions that, if present trends in the mass exodus of people from Venezuela continue, the total number of Venezuelans outside the country will exceed 5 million by the end of this year, that Vice President Pence...
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