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Venezuelans urge Maduro to accept humanitarian aid

By The Associated Press
Posted 10:51AM on Thursday 7th February 2019 ( 1 year ago )

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan man whose wife has advanced breast cancer is urging President Nicolas Maduro to accept humanitarian aid.

Luis Escobar made his plea at the border bridge connecting Colombia and Venezuela where aid is expected to arrive.

In tears, he described how his wife was unable to get treatment in Venezuela and that by the time they were able to see a doctor in Colombia, her illness had significantly progressed.

Escobar says that he doesn't want other Venezuelans to suffer his wife's dire fate.

Humanitarian aid from the United States has arrived in Colombia and is en route to the country's border with Venezuela.

Maduro has refused to accept the aid, and the military has blocked the bridge where the supplies are expected to arrive.

A Venezuelan sells medicines at s street in La Parada, on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Tensions in the area have risen since the Venezuelan military blocked a border bridge where humanitarian aid is expected to arrive with a tanker and two cargo trailers, Colombian officials said Monday, in an apparent bid to stop the loads of food and other supplies from entering the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Potato bags are displayed for sale in La Parada, on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Tensions in the area have risen since the Venezuelan military blocked a border bridge where humanitarian aid is expected to arrive with a tanker and two cargo trailers, Colombian officials said Monday, in an apparent bid to stop the loads of food and other supplies from entering the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Bills of Venezuelan currency can be seen stacked at a currency exchange booth in La Parada, on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Tensions in the area have risen since the Venezuelan military blocked a border bridge where humanitarian aid is expected to arrive with a tanker and two cargo trailers, Colombian officials said Monday, in an apparent bid to stop the loads of food and other supplies from entering the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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