Hungry Venezuelans flee in boats to escape economic collapse

by Nicholas Casey

Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Photo: © Meridith Kohut for The New York Times
Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Photo: ©  Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao — The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fishing boat with aging motors in July, hoping to escape Venezuela’s economic disaster for a new life on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

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