Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 29, 2019 / 17:01 pm
The director of Caritas Venezuela, Janeth Márquez, has said they are again asking the government of Nicolas Maduro to open “a wide door to humanitarian aid” to alleviate shortages due to the economic crisis.
In a statement broadcast April 24 by EWTN Noticias, Márquez also requested that this humanitarian channel include the participation of more agents. In addition she that that it is necessary “for the criteria to be clear on availability, transparency and especially how and where the humanitarian aid is going to arrive.”
Caritas Venezuela has been requesting permission for the entry of humanitarian aid since 2015 to deal with the emergency resulting from the shortage of food and medicine.
Márquez explained that when Nicolas Maduro announced permission to the Red Cross for the entry of aid April 11 this was “very specific” and covered “only healthcare issues having to do with medical and surgical supplies.”
Márquez said that while the permission was in the process of being granted, Caritas began monitoring the situation to identify the priority needs.
“We view (the permission) positively because it opens the door to what now means cooperation, the solidarity of other countries; but it continues to be very specific,” Márquez said.
However, she noted the need for permission for the entry of more aid on the international level, with the participation of more actors.
Regarding the challenges to social action by the Catholic Church, she explained that “there are many problems that we have, and so the Church has specific challenges: the first is to prioritize the issues, i.e. where we can work.”