The last time Génesis Vasquez heard her husband’s voice, he was about to board a small wooden boat sailing from Venezuela to the nearby island of Curaçao. Unable to find permanent work in Venezuela and struggling to provide for his family, Jóvito Gutiérrez Yance hoped to find new opportunities abroad.
“Pray for me and light a candle,” he told Génesis before bidding her goodbye and joining 30 other passengers crowded aboard the fragile vessel. They left the port of San José de la Costa just before dawn.
The boat never made it to Curaçao. It capsized close to the island’s southeastern coastline on January 10.… Seguir leyendo »