Edition:
United States
Pictures | Wed Aug 22, 2018 | 8:35am EDT

Venezuelans going to Brazil to give birth

Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day.

REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
1 / 11
"My baby would have died if I had stayed. There was no food or medicine, no doctors," said Maria Teresa Lopez as she fed her daughter Fabiola, who was born on Monday night by caesarian section in the maternity hospital of Boa Vista, the capital of Brazil's Roraima border state. Lopez, 20, hitched 500 miles from her home in the Orinoco river delta to the Brazilian border five months ago. 

 

 REUTERS/Nacho Doce

"My baby would have died if I had stayed. There was no food or medicine, no doctors," said Maria Teresa Lopez as she fed her daughter Fabiola, who was born on Monday night by caesarian section in the maternity hospital of Boa Vista, the capital of...more

"My baby would have died if I had stayed. There was no food or medicine, no doctors," said Maria Teresa Lopez as she fed her daughter Fabiola, who was born on Monday night by caesarian section in the maternity hospital of Boa Vista, the capital of Brazil's Roraima border state. Lopez, 20, hitched 500 miles from her home in the Orinoco river delta to the Brazilian border five months ago. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
2 / 11
Carmen Jimenez, 33, who arrived from Ciudad Bolivar eight months pregnant and gave birth in the Boa Vista hospital, said she was amazed to see so many Venezuelan mothers there. "I won't go back to Venezuela until there is food and medicine, and the streets are safe again," she said holding her 4-day-old daughter, Amalia. 


REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Carmen Jimenez, 33, who arrived from Ciudad Bolivar eight months pregnant and gave birth in the Boa Vista hospital, said she was amazed to see so many Venezuelan mothers there. "I won't go back to Venezuela until there is food and medicine, and the...more

Carmen Jimenez, 33, who arrived from Ciudad Bolivar eight months pregnant and gave birth in the Boa Vista hospital, said she was amazed to see so many Venezuelan mothers there. "I won't go back to Venezuela until there is food and medicine, and the streets are safe again," she said holding her 4-day-old daughter, Amalia. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
3 / 11
Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Brazil. 
  

REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
4 / 11
Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia. Births of Venezuelan babies at the Boa Vista maternity hospital surged to 566 last year and 571 in the first half of 2018, from 288 in 2016 when the flow of Venezuelan refugees began, the Roraima health department said. There were no births in 2015, it said.


REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia. Births of Venezuelan babies at the Boa Vista maternity hospital surged to 566 last year and 571 in the first half of 2018, from 288 in 2016 when the flow of...more

Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia. Births of Venezuelan babies at the Boa Vista maternity hospital surged to 566 last year and 571 in the first half of 2018, from 288 in 2016 when the flow of Venezuelan refugees began, the Roraima health department said. There were no births in 2015, it said. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
5 / 11
Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea. 

REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
6 / 11
Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia. 

REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
7 / 11
Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei. 

REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
8 / 11
Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
9 / 11
Lopez, a Warao Indian of the Orinoco delta, said she would only return to pick up her first daughter, who remained behind with her grandmother because she was too young for the arduous journey to the border. "There is nothing left for us there," she said. "I did not get an ultrasound until I got to Brazil and it was free. I want to stay."

 REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Lopez, a Warao Indian of the Orinoco delta, said she would only return to pick up her first daughter, who remained behind with her grandmother because she was too young for the arduous journey to the border. "There is nothing left for us there," she...more

Lopez, a Warao Indian of the Orinoco delta, said she would only return to pick up her first daughter, who remained behind with her grandmother because she was too young for the arduous journey to the border. "There is nothing left for us there," she said. "I did not get an ultrasound until I got to Brazil and it was free. I want to stay." REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
10 / 11
Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth. Roraima's governor has asked Brazil's Supreme Court to close the border to be able to deal with the immigration crisis. The federal government in Brasilia has ruled that out on humanitarian grounds.  
REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth. Roraima's governor has asked Brazil's Supreme Court to close the border to be able to deal with the immigration crisis. The federal government in Brasilia has ruled that out on...more

Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth. Roraima's governor has asked Brazil's Supreme Court to close the border to be able to deal with the immigration crisis. The federal government in Brasilia has ruled that out on humanitarian grounds. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Close
11 / 11

Next Slideshows

Historic floods in Kerala

Incessant downpours have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state in India, and close to 400 people have perished in the rising waters and...

Aug 21 2018

MTV Video Music Awards

Highlights from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Aug 21 2018

Taiwan on China's shores

Scenes from the Kinmen islands, which lie in a bay across from the Chinese city of Xiamen, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Second Taiwan Straits Crisis.

Aug 21 2018

Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky

The Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with annual event at its peak.

Aug 20 2018

MORE IN PICTURES

Venezuela's second blackout this month

Venezuela's second blackout this month

Lights went out across much of Venezuela, including many areas of the capital city of Caracas on Monday, less than two weeks after power was restored following a prolonged blackout.

Mandy Moore gets a star

Mandy Moore gets a star

Mandy Moore gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

Spring in blossom

Spring in blossom

Cherry, peach and almond trees bloom in springtime around the world.

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket hits Tel Aviv

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket hits Tel Aviv

The Israeli military said it had begun carrying out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a Palestinian rocket hit a house near Tel Aviv.

Kids' Choice Awards

Kids' Choice Awards

Highlights from the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Cyclone Idai devastates southeastern Africa

Cyclone Idai devastates southeastern Africa

Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and killing at least 650 people across the three countries.

Islamic State's last enclave captured

Islamic State's last enclave captured

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate."

Massive march against Brexit in London

Massive march against Brexit in London

Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May's premiership.

The colors of Holi

The colors of Holi

The Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast