A Venezuelan soldier talks to people as they cross to Colombia over the Simon Bolivar international bridge, in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela December 20, 2016.

TODAY VENEZUELA – Thousands of Venezuelans have fled their country to escape the hardship and violence of its economic and political crisis only to live in poverty in neighbouring Colombia .

To receive government help for food, health and education, they must go back to Venezuela and re-enter the country legally. But the families here barely survive on just 2 dollars a day and have no money to make that trip.

Journalist Mariana Palau reports from Manati, northern Colombia.

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