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VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/WOMAN
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June 19, 2019
Venezuelan migrant Genesis Valera, 27, who is six months pregnant, poses for a picture with her children...
Tumbes, Peru
The Wider Image: Venezuelan mothers, children in tow, rush to migrate
Venezuelan migrant Genesis Valera, 27, who is six months pregnant, poses for a picture with her children Sebastian, 7, Claudia, 6, and Isaias, 2, while they wait to process their documents at the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border service centre, before they continue their journey to Piura, on the outskirts of Tumbes, Peru, June 16, 2019. "I was waiting for a guide and my mobile phone ran out of battery. I kept waiting in San Antonio (in Venezuela) for a while, but the area didn't have electricity. At some point, people arrived and told me, come, come, you will cross (the border) through the pathways," Valera said. "We walked along the pathways with the children... I went through the water, they told me to shut up because the guerrillas were around." Once in Colombia, Genesis travelled by bus but had to walk part of the way to avoid a checkpoint. "We had to wait in the middle of the bushes for two hours, it was dark and very cold, while we waited for the bus to pick us up again," she said. "I came here to fight. I came to have my new baby here and to work and give them the things they need." REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SEARCH "MOTHERS REFUGEE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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