Colombia border re-opens, giving desperate Venezuelans some access to basic goods

President Maduro and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia meet in the Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz. They agreed to the gradual reopening of their common border, starting with five border checkpoints for pedestrians from 6am to 9pm each day. In recent weeks, Venezuelans have poured into Colombia during several windows in which the border was open for a number of hours.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans cross the border after the announcement, some travelling for more than 400 miles, to purchase basic goods in Colombia. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Venezuelans are increasingly travelling overnight to the remote Brazilian border in order to cross into Brazil and shop for basics.