Venezuelan Government Blocks Humanitarian Aid

President Nicolás Maduro has blocked a bridge between Venezuela and Colombia, effectively stopping international aid from reaching Venezuela.

Venezuelan Government Blocks Humanitarian Aid

A bridge connecting Venezuela and Colombia has been blocked by the Venezuelan government, according to Colombian officials. President Nicolás Maduro is reportedly trying to prevent several countries from delivering humanitarian aid to Venezuelans.  

Let's recap the Venezuela situation: In January, opposition leader and head of the Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president. The U.S. quickly jumped in to support him and was joined by a number of countries, overstepping Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term in office at the beginning of the year. 

Guaidó called for the aid to help starving Venezuelans, and this particular border crossing is one of his three humanitarian aid collection points. The two top backers of the aid are Canada and the United States, who have pledged $53 million and $20 million, respectively.   

But Maduro rejected the aid, saying, "We are not beggars."

Guaidó has called on the Venezuelan military to let the aid deliveries into the country.