December starts with the return of 91 Venezuelans from Chile
December, time of encounter, reconciliation and hugs with loved ones.
The month of Christmas, of hallacas and gaitas. The ideal scenario for reunion and even more so when political and human wills come together to make this possible.
We talk about the Plan Vuelta a la Patria that for the second time arrived at the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, located in the city of Santiago, Chile, to repatriate 91 Venezuelans who decided to voluntarily return to the land that saw them grow.
As in its first edition, the ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of Chile, Arévalo Méndez, was leading the checking and verifying process, accompanied by the staff of the Diplomatic Mission.
A job that not only remains in filling out forms, checking passports and coordinating logistics. They are the ones who listen one by one to the stories of those who arrive at the Venezuelan embassy with the desire to return.
“One witnesses personal stories and painful family stories. With the sensitivity of the family, of those who leave, of those who remain, but giving them answers”, commented the Ambassador.
“The approach and instruction of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and our Foreign Minister is to serve them (…) giving special priority to families with children”.
At the same time, he reaffirmed the humanistic and sensitive character of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria. “We have a humanist mission like this of returning people to the Homeland, for those who did not find a place or did not find a job. They could not stay, among other things. Many times we have cases of family and cultural longing. For their environment, for their community, for their family”.
Wladimir Sánchez, who spent two months in Chile with his wife, mother-in-law and daughter, attests to that nostalgia for Venezuela. Especially in this holiday season.
“Excited, it’s a very beautiful time in Venezuela. Reencounter with our relatives on this date is very important. I’m excited, we’re happy because we go to our house and keep fighting”, he said.
Shared feelings also by Gustavo Aranda, a grandfather who said, “I prefer to be in my country than to be here. Not because I do not like Chile, but I prefer to be in Venezuela”.
“The weather (…) the family too. These are the moments where we should be with the family the most, and that is what we miss the most. This date is the hardest to spend alone”, were the words of a young Venezuelan couple who, after two years of living in the Chilean capital, decided to return, now they became parents.
On the other hand, Yeiffy Domingo, commented feeling very well for his return, reiterated that the hallacas and the food of his mother is what he misses the most of Venezuela.
“The hallacas, 100% the hallacas and the food of my mother is what I miss the most”.
But not only repatriates and returnees have histories. There is a group of people who, together with the staff of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, make these trips possible.
Richard Garmendia, coordinator of the crew of the Venezuelan airline Conviasa, also related his experience as part of this airlift project.
“Our experience is the creation of routes for the coordination of these flights (…) if they are long routes like these, they are prepared 5 or 6 days before. They are coordinated with airways, routes, permits”.
Garmendia explained that “there is a team on the ground that is responsible for preparing, a week before, the coordination with all countries, the overflight and airways to fly over”.
With this second flight from Chile, the number of Venezuelans who have returned through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria from various Latin American countries increases.