300 nationals from Peru are repatriated on simultaneous flights of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria
To only days for the december holidays and to finalize the year 2018, the Plan Vuelta a la Patria continues approaching the hearts of the Venezuelans who left to other latitudes, that was the case of the 300 connational repatriated this Saturday from the Republic of Peru.
In an unprecedented work day, the air and land bridge promoted by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, in collaboration with the Conviasa State Airline, arranged the activation of six flights simultaneously, for the first time since its start up.
Measure that allowed to overcome the historical figure of more than 11,000 Venezuelans and repatriated. However, three of these flights were destined for the city of Quito, in the Republic of Ecuador, the second country with the most requests for return after the Inca nation, according to records of its Embassies.
Start of the day
From early morning, all the personnel in charge moved to Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, where takeoffs were planned at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. The pilots, cabin crew, cabin chiefs and assigned doctors were divided to ensure optimal attention to the compatriots.
Verónica Roldán, coordinator of Attention to the Citizen of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, indicated that “for a better experience and organization, they were identified with the colors of the Venezuelan flag; yellow for those who would board the first flight, blue for the second and red for the third”.
The health and vulnerability cases recorded in each of the lists exceeded the figures for previous flights.
First flight: In Peru I was about to fall into a street situation
Eric Henríquez, a 21-year-old young father, explains that he had to walk for 18 days from Cúcuta to Lima, in search of a supposed economic improvement for him and his son. However, after six months he requested his voluntary repatriation because “he was about to fall into a street situation”.
Second flight: I was a victim of slavery
For her part, Aylin Sánchez was tricked by a Peruvian friend under the promise of working with dignity.
“It was supposed I was coming to work but it was not like that, he caught me and kept me locked up for several days. Little by little I was gaining his confidence and I played his game until I could escape and approach the Embassy”, she said between expressions of relief and tranquility.
Third flight: Loneliness and my health affected me
Another case worthy of mention is Alfredo Durán, 52, who is HIV positive.
“I lost about 20 k, apart from retrovirals and poor diet, loneliness also affected me. I prefer to return to my home and be surrounded by my loved ones, thanks to God there is the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, I could not stand it anymore” he concluded.
The last flight from the Republic of Peru, arrived at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía at 22:30 and was received by the Vice-minister for Asia, the Middle East and Oceania of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, Rubén Darío Molina, who conveyed a message of optimism, support, strength and hope on behalf of President Nicolás Maduro and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to fellow citizens who were victims of xenophobia, labor exploitation and aggression in both Latin American countries.
Photos: Malva Suárez