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June 19, 2019
Venezuelan migrant Ailin Tua, 43, poses for a picture with her daughters Paola, 18, and Sofia, 13, as...
Tumbes, Peru
The Wider Image: Venezuelan mothers, children in tow, rush to migrate
Venezuelan migrant Ailin Tua, 43, poses for a picture with her daughters Paola, 18, and Sofia, 13, as they wait for a taxi to continue their journey, after they processed their documents at the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border service centre, on the outskirts of Tumbes, Peru, June 17, 2019. Tua is a seamstress who had her own workshop, until lack of customers and the high price of raw materials forced her to close. She said that her husband was a truck driver and had a good income. "He killed himself for more than 28 years... on Venezuela's highways, thank God, who took care of him for such long time while working to support us and support his family," but when "the owner of the company where he worked migrated to the United States the business closed." In 2017 her husband left the country, first to Ecuador and then to Peru, but it was not until six months later that he managed to get a stable job and was able to send money back to Venezuela. These were tough months for her husband. "He slept on the street for almost four months," she said. The final trigger take the family out of Venezuela was a kidnap threat, "I received a call and they said: 'Ahilin, I want $350 right now or I'll go to kidnap Paola and Sofia, I will go to their schools.'" "I stopped a taxi, and I went to their schools to pick them up quickly, then we went home, and packed what we could carry in two black trash bags... and ran to my sisters' house." Tua left her daughters living with her sister in another town and migrated to try and establish a new home, before going back to Venezuela to collect her daughters. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SEARCH "MOTHERS REFUGEE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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