Internal UN Report Hints That Venezuelans Facing Unusual Challenges Might Need Aid

On Thursday, the United Nations believes that about a quarter of Venezuelans are in need of humanitarian relief, according to an internal U.N. report, which paints a dreadful picture of millions of people requiring food and basic services.

The report’s findings differentiation with comments from President Nicolas Maduro, who has stated that there is no crisis and no requirement for humanitarian aid, charging U.S. sanctions for the nation’s economic problems.

The United Nations has found itself stuck in the midst of the political scuffle that pits Maduro against U.S.-supported opposition leader Juan Guaido, who urged the constitution to consider a temporary presidency in January, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was unlawful.

Last month, Venezuelan government troops prohibited U.S.-backed aid convoys to enter Venezuela from Colombia and Brazil. However, Maduro’s government has accepted assistance or better be said relief from ally Russia.

The report states that the politicization of humanitarian relief in the context of the crisis makes delivery of assistance as per the principles of impartiality, neutrality, and independence more difficult. The 45-page U.N. “Overview of Priority Humanitarian Needs” in Venezuela report has been made after obtaining information from various sources, like UN agencies, the Red Cross, academia and civil society.

It anticipates 94% of the 28.8 million people live in poverty, while some 3.4 million people have escaped, with a further 1.9 million supposed to follow in this year. There are an assumed 2.8 million people in need when it comes to healthcare, according to the U.N. review, which includes some 300,000 people whose lives are at endangering because they have not been able to access medicines or treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and HIV for more than a year.

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