90% of Venezuelans say income insufficient to meet food needs
Latest figures show that 90% of Venezuelans say that their incomes are insufficient to meet their food needs, fueling concerns over the humanitarian impact of Venezuela’s crisis. Meanwhile, AP includes a feature on middle-class Venezuelans who recently took advantage of a window to cross the Colombian border to purchase essentials. One couple said, “This is money we had been saving for an emergency, and this is an emergency.” Venezuelan and Colombian authorities announce that the border crossing will remain closed over the next few weeks. However, the two countries’ foreign ministers are set to meet on 4 August.
The office of United Nations’ human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein urged Venezuelan authorities “to consider accepting humanitarian aid” to ensure food and medicine supplies are distributed. However, Marcelo Resende, Venezuela's representative for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization brushes off the offer and says that Venezuela “is not in a position for humanitarian aid.”