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As Venezuelan exodus swells, migrants face Colombian backlash

The UN says the reasons Venezuelans are migrating fall within the spirit of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration, which defines refugees as those fleeing violence, hunger and poverty resulting from a breakdown in the rule of law

By Christine Armario and Manuel Rueda  /  AP, CUCUTA, Colombia

Back in Venezuela he would still be a perilous, 10-hour journey from his hometown.

After getting off the truck, he hovered near the border checkpoint until police left. Then he simply walked back toward Cucuta.

Days later, he and his wife were en route to another city deeper into Colombia.

As an undocumented migrant, he said nearly being returned had now left him fearful of approaching officials for help.

“I don’t know if they’ll try and take me back to Venezuela,” he said.

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