Thousands of Venezuelan immigrants searching for better life in Colombia

Venezuelans flee crisis only to run into poverty in Colombia

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.