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Venezuelans at Brazil border live on bus going nowhere

Venezuelan Hildemaro Ortiz relaxes inside of an abandoned bus in the border city of Pacaraima, Brazil April 13, 2019. Ten destitute Venezuelan migrants who fled their country's crisis did not get far when they crossed into Brazil: they have been living for three months on an abandoned bus just across the border.

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Venezuelan Hildemaro Ortiz relaxes inside of an abandoned bus in the border city of Pacaraima, Brazil April 13, 2019. Ten destitute Venezuelan migrants who fled their country's crisis did not get far when they crossed into Brazil: they have been...more

Venezuelan Hildemaro Ortiz relaxes inside of an abandoned bus in the border city of Pacaraima, Brazil April 13, 2019. Ten destitute Venezuelan migrants who fled their country's crisis did not get far when they crossed into Brazil: they have been living for three months on an abandoned bus just across the border. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An abandoned bus is seen on a field in the border city of Pacaraima. They sleep on cardboard, except for the lucky one who gets the hammock. They cook on a wood fire just outside the door of the motor-less 1983 Mercedes Benz bus.

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An abandoned bus is seen on a field in the border city of Pacaraima. They sleep on cardboard, except for the lucky one who gets the hammock. They cook on a wood fire just outside the door of the motor-less 1983 Mercedes Benz bus. REUTERS/Pilar...more

An abandoned bus is seen on a field in the border city of Pacaraima. They sleep on cardboard, except for the lucky one who gets the hammock. They cook on a wood fire just outside the door of the motor-less 1983 Mercedes Benz bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama jumps out of the bus where he lives with his father and other people. Two children go to the local school every morning. The penniless migrants work at odd jobs for spare change, loading the cars and pickups of Venezuelans who cross over to buy food and goods in short supply back home.

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Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama jumps out of the bus where he lives with his father and other people. Two children go to the local school every morning. The penniless migrants work at odd jobs for spare change, loading the cars and pickups of...more

Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama jumps out of the bus where he lives with his father and other people. Two children go to the local school every morning. The penniless migrants work at odd jobs for spare change, loading the cars and pickups of Venezuelans who cross over to buy food and goods in short supply back home. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino lie on a cardboard as they wake up inside an abandoned bus in Pacaraima. "We've been living in this bus for three months," says Ortiz, 24, from Punta de Mata in eastern Venezuela, who hopes to move to a bigger Brazilian city once his son makes it across the border.

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Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino lie on a cardboard as they wake up inside an abandoned bus in Pacaraima. "We've been living in this bus for three months," says Ortiz, 24, from Punta de Mata in eastern Venezuela, who hopes to move to a...more

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino lie on a cardboard as they wake up inside an abandoned bus in Pacaraima. "We've been living in this bus for three months," says Ortiz, 24, from Punta de Mata in eastern Venezuela, who hopes to move to a bigger Brazilian city once his son makes it across the border. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino cooks ham outside of an abandoned bus. Ortiz and his bus-mates are part of a flood of Venezuelans pouring into the rest of Latin America, often driven by hunger and desperate to escape an economy in free-fall as food shortages and blackouts rattle their oil-rich nation.

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Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino cooks ham outside of an abandoned bus. Ortiz and his bus-mates are part of a flood of Venezuelans pouring into the rest of Latin America, often driven by hunger and desperate to escape an economy in free-fall as food...more

Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino cooks ham outside of an abandoned bus. Ortiz and his bus-mates are part of a flood of Venezuelans pouring into the rest of Latin America, often driven by hunger and desperate to escape an economy in free-fall as food shortages and blackouts rattle their oil-rich nation. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Belki Contreras relaxes on a hammock inside of an abandoned bus. Tens of thousands of migrants have fled the political and economic upheaval in Venezuela through Pacaraima, the only road crossing to Brazil, creating tension at the border. About 3.7 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, mostly via its western neighbor Colombia, according to the World Bank.

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Venezuelan Belki Contreras relaxes on a hammock inside of an abandoned bus. Tens of thousands of migrants have fled the political and economic upheaval in Venezuela through Pacaraima, the only road crossing to Brazil, creating tension at the border....more

Venezuelan Belki Contreras relaxes on a hammock inside of an abandoned bus. Tens of thousands of migrants have fled the political and economic upheaval in Venezuela through Pacaraima, the only road crossing to Brazil, creating tension at the border. About 3.7 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, mostly via its western neighbor Colombia, according to the World Bank. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino, who was a student in her country, poses outside of an abandoned bus. Sanguino, 27, sweeps the floor of the bus and folds the blankets. "I never thought I would ever live in a bus, and least of all in another country like this," said the mother of three who had to leave her children behind in Ciudad Bolivar. "There is nothing in Venezuela right now," she said. When she first crossed the border, Sanguino slept in the street. The bus is an improvement, sheltered from tropical rain. Now she is trying to gather enough money for a bus ticket to Boa Vista, the nearest Brazilian state capital, to find work and send cash to her hungry family back home.

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Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino, who was a student in her country, poses outside of an abandoned bus. Sanguino, 27, sweeps the floor of the bus and folds the blankets. "I never thought I would ever live in a bus, and least of all in another country like...more

Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino, who was a student in her country, poses outside of an abandoned bus. Sanguino, 27, sweeps the floor of the bus and folds the blankets. "I never thought I would ever live in a bus, and least of all in another country like this," said the mother of three who had to leave her children behind in Ciudad Bolivar. "There is nothing in Venezuela right now," she said. When she first crossed the border, Sanguino slept in the street. The bus is an improvement, sheltered from tropical rain. Now she is trying to gather enough money for a bus ticket to Boa Vista, the nearest Brazilian state capital, to find work and send cash to her hungry family back home. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama rinses his mouth next to an abandoned bus. The occupants of the rusty metal structure, once an express bus, dream of returning to their homeland one day when things improve there, but for now survival is a daily struggle.

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Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama rinses his mouth next to an abandoned bus. The occupants of the rusty metal structure, once an express bus, dream of returning to their homeland one day when things improve there, but for now survival is a daily...more

Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama rinses his mouth next to an abandoned bus. The occupants of the rusty metal structure, once an express bus, dream of returning to their homeland one day when things improve there, but for now survival is a daily struggle. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Angel Valderrama looks on his son Erasmo from the inside of an abandoned bus. Rice cooks in a pot held over the fire on an improvised grill. Usually they eat rice and bones, or rice and chicken when there is enough money between them to buy meat, Sanguino said.

REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Angel Valderrama looks on his son Erasmo from the inside of an abandoned bus. Rice cooks in a pot held over the fire on an improvised grill. Usually they eat rice and bones, or rice and chicken when there is enough money between them to...more

Venezuelan Angel Valderrama looks on his son Erasmo from the inside of an abandoned bus. Rice cooks in a pot held over the fire on an improvised grill. Usually they eat rice and bones, or rice and chicken when there is enough money between them to buy meat, Sanguino said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Angel Valderrama sits on a hammock as he drinks juice. A Spanish priest provides a coffee and bread roll breakfast for 350 Venezuelans daily at his mission house, but migrants must arrive before 6 a.m. to get a place, she said.

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Venezuelan Angel Valderrama sits on a hammock as he drinks juice. A Spanish priest provides a coffee and bread roll breakfast for 350 Venezuelans daily at his mission house, but migrants must arrive before 6 a.m. to get a place, she...more

Venezuelan Angel Valderrama sits on a hammock as he drinks juice. A Spanish priest provides a coffee and bread roll breakfast for 350 Venezuelans daily at his mission house, but migrants must arrive before 6 a.m. to get a place, she said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino cook outside of an abandoned bus. The bus offers some protection from mosquitoes and the cold of night, Ortiz said. When the bugs get bad, he starts a cardboard fire to smoke them out. He is impatient to move to bustling cities to the south. "If only this bus had an engine, we would have been on our way to Manaus by now," he said.

REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino cook outside of an abandoned bus. The bus offers some protection from mosquitoes and the cold of night, Ortiz said. When the bugs get bad, he starts a cardboard fire to smoke them out. He is impatient to...more

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Ixora Sanguino cook outside of an abandoned bus. The bus offers some protection from mosquitoes and the cold of night, Ortiz said. When the bugs get bad, he starts a cardboard fire to smoke them out. He is impatient to move to bustling cities to the south. "If only this bus had an engine, we would have been on our way to Manaus by now," he said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama walk to collect water in Pacaraima. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama walk to collect water in Pacaraima. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama walk to collect water in Pacaraima. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Johana Tovar, 27, was a housewife in her country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Johana Tovar, 27, was a housewife in her country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Johana Tovar, 27, was a housewife in her country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama leave the bus to look for water. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama leave the bus to look for water. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Hildemaro Ortiz and Erasmo Valderrama leave the bus to look for water. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Luis Alejandro Urbaneja, 21, was a student in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Luis Alejandro Urbaneja, 21, was a student in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Luis Alejandro Urbaneja, 21, was a student in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino sweeps the floor of an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino sweeps the floor of an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Ixora Sanguino sweeps the floor of an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelans Angel Valderrama, 41, who was a construction worker, poses with his son Erasmo. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Angel Valderrama, 41, who was a construction worker, poses with his son Erasmo. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelans Angel Valderrama, 41, who was a construction worker, poses with his son Erasmo. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama plays with a friend on an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama plays with a friend on an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Erasmo Valderrama plays with a friend on an abandoned bus. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Venezuelan Yorbet Garrido, 18, was a fisherman in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Yorbet Garrido, 18, was a fisherman in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Venezuelan Yorbet Garrido, 18, was a fisherman in his country. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Belki Contreras walks around an abandoned bus at night. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Belki Contreras walks around an abandoned bus at night. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Belki Contreras walks around an abandoned bus at night. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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