Due to the socio-economic and political crisis in Venezuela, many citizens are seeking safety away from their country. A recent video of a Venezuelan mother singing on the streets while cradling her baby has gone viral. The unnamed woman is seen on the streets of Peru hoping to collect some change from the people around. The video has been shared by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with a caption, “A comforting melody you need to hear today.”
The woman sings two hours every day while holding her nine-month-old baby hoping to collect some change from passers-by. The one minute video has gone viral and has been viewed more than 40 thousand times. It has triggered netizens to react on social media. “It brought tears to my eyes...a brave lady” read one of the comment.
The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for quite some time now. The growing political discontent has further fuelled power cuts and shortages of food and medicine. Millions of Venezuelans have left their hometown and settled in neighboring countries. Many blame Nicolas Maduro and the socialist government for the country's decline. President Maduro was re-elected in a highly controversial election. The National Assembly argued that the elections were not fair and the presidency is vacant since. The biggest challenge is being faced by its citizens as their day-to-day lives are being affected. The Venezuelans are struggling to afford basic food and toiletry items due to hyperinflation. This has also led to mass migration, the majority of the population have crossed into Colombia, from where some have moved to Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Many have also gone south to Brazil as well.