The border between Venezuela and Colombia is opened to allow recession hit Venezuelan nationals a chance to buy basic goods. Julie Noce reports.
Venezuelan nationals walk through the drizzling rain across the border into Colombia. They're hoping to buy things that aren't available at home... staples like food and medicine. A combination of low oil prices and a decaying socialist system has left the country in a massive recession with severe shortages of basic goods. Although the border had been closed last year to crack down on smuggling, Venezuelans say opening it was the right thing to do. This is unheard of, what we're going through, this person said. We have to walk for an hour to fill our food bags. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has created a government body to oversee new regulations for the purchase, sale and distribution of food, medicine, personal hygiene and cleaning products. About 35,000 Venezuelans were thought to have crossed into Colombia during last weekend's border opening.