At the immigration point in San Antonio del Táchira, some 60 people wait to cross the Simon Bolivar bridge to Colombia. One elderly woman, who has dual citizenship, pleads with a National Guard officer to let her through, but is refused.
Pedro, a Venezuelan who until last month drove a taxi in Colombia, has been particularly affected by the shutdown. Unable to cross the border, he now sells sodas and water near the bridge. “They ruined me!” he says. “Before this I was able to make a decent living. Now I can barely make ends meet.”
The 1,400-mile Venezuelan-Colombian border, crossed by thousands daily, was until recently one of the most dynamic in Latin America.… Seguir leyendo »