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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.

"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 800 kilometers from her home in the Orinoco river delta to the Brazilian border five months ago. She is one of several hundred thousand Venezuelans who have fled the economic and political turmoil in their homeland, mostly to neighboring Colombia.

The massive influx of Venezuelans has overburdened social services in Roraima state and led to an increase in crime, prostitution, disease and incidents of xenophobia.

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.
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
A combo shows Venezuelan women posing at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Combo shows Venezuelan women posing at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista
A combo shows Venezuelan women posing at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. (Top L-R) Carla, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, Jasmilfer holds her five-day-old Arjunea and Irene, holds her six-day-old Ashlei baby. (Center L-R) Cecilia, holds her baby,Jackeline, holds her four-day-old Sofia and Carmen Jimenez, holds four-day-old Amalia baby. (Bottom L-R) Lismaris, holds her three-day-old Cecilia, Marisol, holds her two-day-old Amalia baby and Maria Teresa Lopez, uses a syringe feeding her one-day-old Fabiola baby. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital...
Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia at a maternity hospital...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Lismaris, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old Cecilia at a maternity hospital in...
Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea at a maternity hospital...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea at a maternity hospital...
Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital...
Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Carmen Jimenez, 33, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Carmen Jimenez, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital...
Carmen Jimenez, 33, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei at a maternity...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei at a maternity...
Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Venezuelan woman holds her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista
Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old...
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth to her baby at a maternity hospital...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth to her baby at a maternity hospital...
Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth to her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/BRAZIL-BABIES
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August 22, 2018
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old...
Boa Vista, Brazil
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old...
Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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