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We were hungry, so we came over to Guyana for food, – says Venezuelan soldiers

A blurry mobile phone photo showing some of the Venezeulan soldiers that police had encountered in Guyana on 11 August, 2017. (Guyana Guardian photo)A blurry mobile phone photo showing some of the Venezeulan soldiers that police had encountered in Guyana on 11 August, 2017. (Guyana Guardian photo)

Overwhelmed with a growing economic disaster back in Caracas, and now becoming victims themselves of the country’s prevailing food crisis, a handful of Venezuelan soldiers who were caught in Guyana yesterday (11 August 2017), told a party of Guyanese policemen that they were hungry and had only come into Guyana to look for food.

Armed with high powered rifles and full military gear, the bewildered soldiers made this disclosure after being confronted by a police team that was headed by Inspector Christopher Humphrey, at the Curisima/ Amakuru river mouth in Region one.

Only one of the soldiers was unarmed.

The police had gone to the location after receiving several complaints from persons in the community who reported that Venezuelan soldiers were entering Guyana daily and stealing food directly from their person or from wherever else it is being stored.

However, after being confronted by Guyanese police, several Venezuelan soldiers who were found on the Guyana side of the border denied the allegations.

With an obviously exhaustive look on their faces, the soldiers explained that they only come over to Guyana to beg for food because they are usually hungry. They added that asking for food on the Guyana side of the border was something that they did daily, and have never harmed anyone in the process.

Throughout the encounter, the Venezuelan soldiers remained cooperative, and complied with all instructions that were directed at them by the Guyana police.

Considering their circumstances, they were subsequently given some food and ordered to leave Guyana, which they immediately did without any resistance.

Venezuela has been rocked by a severe food and medicine shortage which has forced many of the country’s citizens to flee to various border countries, including Guyana, to escape starvation.

But while ordinary citizens were the ones that were initially being affected, several sections of the army, especially those in border areas are now feeling the squeeze, and would often leave their postings to go in search of food in neighboring countries.

However, with so many Venezuelan soldiers now crossing into Guyana for that very reason, some are of the view that the army might have to deploy troops in larger numbers along the border to deal with the ‘humanitarian’ incursions.

Additionally, a retired army Major told the Guyana Guardian that under the current circumstances, it might be appropriate for Guyana to consider sending food packages to the border for distribution to those in need, even if they are from the Venezuelan army.

But opponents have argued that if food is sent to the border, a large number of Venezuelans would want to rush there, and thus create another headache for the government.

The Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force already have a joint patrol arrangement on the border.

About the Author

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis is an International writer at the Huffington Post, LA Post Examiner, and the Jewish Journal, among others; and has previously served as a Contributing Writer Yahoo.com. He is the Editor-in-Chief at the Guyana Guardian, and brings a wealth of content and editorial knowledge in International Politics, Social reporting, Judicial assessment, and Technology to our news team.

19 Comments on "We were hungry, so we came over to Guyana for food, – says Venezuelan soldiers"

  1. Bertie xavier | 2017-08-12 at 4:48 pm | Reply

    This situation is sad maybe we need to be careful with considering what support need to be given. I agree if food is taken to the border, there will definitely be a large intrusion of Venezuelans.

  2. Arthur vibes | 2017-08-12 at 10:28 pm | Reply

    No problem coming for food but why walk with high power weapons.

  3. Arthur vibes | 2017-08-12 at 10:37 pm | Reply

    It need more soldiers at the border, no problem giving the Venezuelan food but I think our soldiers need to keep a close eye on them..

  4. Please help them, that’s what we are here for, to lend an helping hand ……

  5. I think it’s very generous of the Guyanese solders to put their differences aside and help the Venezuelians solders with food. That would’nt hurt Guyana in any way! It’s a good cause. We are all human being we need food to live. That kind of act will only bring good to our country… what goes around come around. I remember the good old days when Venezuela save lots of Guyanese people when Forbs Burnham was trying to go commonise the same way the Nicolas Maduro the president Venezuelais trying to do right now. So continue to Helen your fello human beings Guyanese solders God bless you all.

  6. Andre Pancham | 2017-08-13 at 8:44 pm | Reply

    Of course u would have huge rush for food if it is known that Guyana is giving it out over the border. Don’t encourage that for any reason or we may all regret it, things could get hostile & out of control. Remember these people tried to steal our land.

    • Jose Framil | 2017-08-17 at 12:13 pm | Reply

      Your land? Or u mean the land the british STOLE from us? Dont worry eventually we’ll get a nationalist gov one that truly defends OUR LAND

    • Angelo Moscariello | 2017-08-17 at 2:29 pm | Reply

      With all due respect Andre. The Esequibo river belongs to Venezuela. You are the ones whi stole that land. I am against maduro and the Guayanan police made a big mistake. The should have arrested the venezuelan soldiers. Give them food after being arrested and a diplomatic protest should have been sent to Caracas.

  7. Yes show empathy but be cautious.

  8. Maichael Fazil | 2017-08-14 at 2:22 am | Reply

    It was really heart rending to see a Venezuelan family of 7, mother, father and 5 children ( all minor ), singing heartily to earn a few dollars via charity at the Stabroek Market Square some time ago. Regardless of the actions of the Venezuelan Government, we Guyanese need to put aside our differences and help those Venezuelan citizens who have made it here to solicit help. After all we are all humans and we have benefitted from from Venezuela during President Chavez’s tenure.

  9. Disarm all military personnel before feeding them.
    Offer them political asylum !

  10. I would like to find a Venezuelan family and help them

  11. The word of GOD says when a man’s says pleases the Lord, He will make even his enemies to be at peace with Him.( I’m talking about our President of Guyana.)The BIBLE also instructs us to love our enemies, bless them that curse you do good to them that despitefully use you. We can see cleat that Guyana in indeed becoming the good basket of the Caribbean
    Feed them if they are hungary,For this the will of the Father.

  12. El Esequibo es Venezolano

  13. edgar freites | 2017-08-15 at 6:26 am | Reply

    venezuela

  14. edgar freites | 2017-08-15 at 6:26 am | Reply

    esta es venezuela de hoy

  15. Charles Roberts | 2017-08-15 at 1:34 pm | Reply

    I was at Ebang and never heard GDF soldiers begging for food so stop spreading rumors there were heavy weapons pointed at us at all times I do not see a problem with helping soldiers from another nation ,but with conditions withdraw the weapons. Puppy turn Dog.

  16. It isn’t your land read history mate, it is under reclamation zone for fucking long time. Yes Vzla is in need, Vzla has helped u guys in the past so helping back wouldn’t hurt. My advice to u don’t be a selfish and an idiot to bring those comments. Hopefully soon vzla will be free and that will bring prosperity and stability to region.

  17. BE CAREFUL, THIS ARE CHAVEZ SOLDIERS, NOTHING BUT THIEVES, CHAVEZ SAID IF YOU ARE HUNGRY YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO STEAL, THAT IS WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS, STEALING PEOPLES LAND, HOUSES, FOOD, BUSINESS, IN GENERAL THE PRODUCT OF SOMEONELSES WORK, THAT IS THE REASON THERE IS NO FOOD, GOOGLE THE NEWS, LOOK FOR BRITO VENEZUELA HUNGER STRIKE, HE DIED IN A HUNGER STRIKE AFTER THE CHAVEZ GOVERMENT STOLE HIS FARMING LAND, LIKE BRITO THOUSANDS OF VENEZUELANS, THAT IS CASTRO CONMUNISM OR CHAVISMO.

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