Nearly a Million Children Left Behind in Venezuela as Parents Migrate

Julie Turkewitz - The New York Times

"Venezuela’s mothers and fathers, determined to find work, food and medicine, are leaving hundreds of thousands of children in the care of grandparents, aunts, uncles and even siblings who have barely passed puberty themselves," says this article from the New York Times. The article shares the stories of some of the children and families who have been separated due to Venezuela's economic crisis.

Furthermore, the nation-wide lockdown that was imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country "has cut many young people off from the teachers and neighbors who may be their only means of support. At the same time, borders are now closed, severing these children from the rest of the world and making it impossible for their parents to return, or to come and retrieve them."

The article also describes Casa Hogar Carmela Valera, "a boarding school for girls in need," many of whose residents are girls whose parents have gone abroad for work.