Together they sold everything they owned and brought tickets to Cucuta, across the border in Columbia. What exactly would happen next was uncertain.
More than 3 million people have left Venezuela since mid-2017, according to the UN.
“A few weeks ago, I knocked on their doors and told them we had to go together to look for a new future,” says Karen. “That in another country we could start our new neighbourhood.”
Recent political developments have led to a dramatic deterioration of an already challenging economic and social situation in Venezuela. These factors, combined with high levels of violence in some areas, have forced millions of people to leave and has left many of those remaining without access to food, adequate medical care and employment.
The four friends – Karen, Irene, Carmen, Yerida and their families – say need and a lack of food was behind the decision to leave. Travelling together made them feel safer.