11th of September, 2021. Region 7, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: September 16, 2021 at 17:43 pm
Bit of a startling headline isn’t it…Nicolas Maduro sending food and medicine to Guyana? After all, Venezuela was recently hit with one of the world’s worst economic and humanitarian crisis with millions of Venezuelans fleeing starvation and medicine shortage to any country they could find. On the other hand, relatively stable Guyana has, for one year now, been receiving millions of US dollars in revenue from its recent oil boom which started exporting crude since early last year. The thought then, of Venezuela sending food and medicine to Guyana is a bit ironic if not entirely preposterous. Who would have thought of such a thing?
Well it did happen – at least to some extent. And no matter how small the scale – the fact that the Venezuelan government sent any amount of food and medicine to Guyana spells shame for the Guyana Government and encroachment for crafty Maduro who feels in his heart that the Essequibo is truly his – a sentiment shared by most Venezuelans by the way.
Well here’s the scoop. Region 7 was recently hit by severe flooding, and we had published a story about that some time ago. You can read here:
It appears that during this particular crisis, some of which touched parts of the Guyana/Venezuela border, the Guyana government, to the best our knowledge, had turned a blind eye to all or some of the Region 7 residents who were faced with a humanitarian crisis due to the destruction left in the wake of the flood. Maybe the Guyana government was too busy with more important stuff like restricting citizens from accessing public buildings, banks, hospitals, etc, but Maduro was sure to step up to the plate.
As you can see from the video below, posted by a Venezuelan Page dedicated to annexing the Essequibo Region of Guyana, Venezuelan officials arrived at the Guyana/Venezuela border to deliver aid to residents of what Venezuelans consider the Venezuelan territory “Guayana Esequiba.”
In the video, you can hear the Venezuelan officials speaking with a boat captain of Eteringbang, Leslie Melville, who expressed thanks in both Spanish and English to the President of Venezuela for the food and medicine which he sent for the “children and people” of Eteringbang, Region 7. Leslie said he had lived for thirty years in Venezuela, although he is a Guyanese.
Residents of Eteringbang report that many Venezuelans have taken up residence there, as well as at other places along the Guyana side of the Guyana/Venezuela border. Let’s hope they are not taking up positions for a strategic military or paramilitary takeover! Or, as one resident commented, “let’s hope we don’t live to regret it.”
So, you have just seen poverty stricken Venezuela, still reeling from the backlash of an economic collapse, delivering humanitarian aid to a flood-stricken part of Guyana. Well, according to the Venezuelan government and people, they are just “taking care of their own,” because according to them, as they say in Spanish, “Esequibo es Venezuela.”
In 2015, Nicolas Maduro attempted to “win the hearts” of the Essequibo residents by offering them a Venezuelan ID card. However, at that time, Venezuela was on the verge of an economic collapse with rising food prices and high inflation rates, and no one wanted the disprivilege of being classified as yet another starving Venezuelan.