CARACAS, Venezuela – The opposition legislator Juan Guaido declared himself Interim President of Venezuela last month. He promised to put President Nicolas Maduro out of power and end the worsening political and humanitarian crisis of the once prosperous nation.
Millions of Venezuelans managed to migrate, and those who remained behind had difficulty coping with scarce food and medicines. Guaido called on the international community for humanitarian assistance. The world is now watching over whether the Maduro government will let the first deliveries from the United States go beyond its borders.
The Associated Press explains the dispute with the help of Venezuela:
HOW WERE YOU HERE?
Venezuela is in a historic crisis after 20 years of socialist rule launched by the late President Hugo Chavez. Dozens of political parties that make up Venezuela's opposition have not found a viable political challenge.
Critics accuse Maduro, Chavez's hand-picked successor, of wrongly winning an election last year by banning his rivals from running for six years from running. Some anti-Maduro leaders have been imprisoned, others have fled Venezuela for fear of their safety.
Last month, 35-year-old Guaido was named leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. He has managed to get masses of Venezuelans on the streets to show their support and has won support from nearly 50 countries worldwide, including the United States.
HOW TO FIT HELP IN?
Offers of humanitarian assistance come from all over the world. The Trump government initially offered $ 20 million in support to Guaido's interim presidency, and Guaido says the aid will come through neighboring Colombia, Brazil, and previously unidentified Caribbean islands.
The first shipment includes food kits for 5,000 Venezuelans and high-protein nutrient supplements that can treat an estimated 6,700 young children with moderate malnutrition. She arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta, where volunteers prepare her to take her across the border.
The emergency response kits came from the US Agency for International Development and were labeled with USAID labels.
WHAT SAYS MADURO?
Maduro refused the aid, overcoming any humanitarian crisis and declaring that Venezuela is not a beggar country. He has offered to try to solve the political impasse in a dialogue with the opposition leaders whom critics refer to as a stalling tactic that has not led to any changes.
The Socialist President defiantly claims that helping part of a US led a coup against him with the aim of colonizing Venezuela and exploiting its vast oil reserves. The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge connecting the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers, apparently blocking the aid.
WHAT IS THE NEXT MOTION OF OPPOSITION
? play on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. US Ambassador to Colombia, Kevin Whitaker, said the US would bring supplies to the border and Guaido would take it from there.
Guaido has set out few details of his strategy, but says that the food and supplies will reach Venezuela's most vulnerable people in the region next day. Lester Toledo, representing Guaido at the aid mission in Cucuta, addressed a message to the Venezuelan troops, telling them the aid contained food and medicines needed by their own families.
Toledo proposed a strategy: A mass mobilization of his compatriots recalls how in 201