Plan Vuelta a la Patria returns 250 nationals again from Peru
The joy of Venezuelan children who long to return to their homeland touches the heart. This feeling was seen in the face of Joaldrin Sánchez, with only 11 years old is a small prodigy of the timbale, who along with his mother and seven-year-old sister, returns this Wednesday to Venezuela, through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria.
On this occasion 250 nationals return to the country, who were in a situation of vulnerability in Peru. Many came to the Andean nation looking for economic improvements for their family, but found another reality.
So far in the year 2020, this is the second day that the Bolivarian Government launches from Peru. For this flight, the Venezuelan State airline Conviasa had the “Liberator Simón Bolívar” plane, named this way in honor to the Father of the Homeland, model Airbus 340-200.
Jeanmary Blanco, mother of Joaldrin, explained that she decided to return to Venezuela after a year and a half of living in Peru, and experience the clashes between gangs that span the area of the Ate District, in northern Lima, where they lived. To this situation were added the xenophobic treatments that their children received from the schoolmates.
“The gangs threw stones at the children, one of them hit my six-year-old grandson and Joaldrin defended him, since then, we decided he would not go out anywhere except for the school. The future of my children was to be locked up. Arriving here, also the music activity stagnated, in Venezuela we had the child in the Academy of the Keyboard of the Falcon Youth Symphony Orchestra”, said Blanco.
Without leaving behind his dream in music, this little timbalero participated in a talent show at his school, obtaining first place. However, Jeanmary lamented that this recognition generated much suspicion on the part of some Peruvian companions.
Another Venezuelan mother, Yinnerlyn Rivera de Miquilena, said her children received xenophobic treatment during the year and a half they lived in Peru. “The neighbors here are xenophobic, they treated my son badly when he was playing with the ball and when I came out I was called ‘limpia pocetas’ (WC cleaner), which is not a denigrating work, because I also had to do it here”.
“In school my children had a lot of pressure, I even took them out because there are children who come with other values, they are instilled in violence and xenophobia. They told my oldest son ‘you are a starving Venezuelan, go eat the garbage, go to your country’. The boy told my husband and me that he wanted to go home in Venezuela”, Rivera said.
Difficulties faced by the Venezuelan migrant in Peru
“One day we got into a comby, and the collector, disrespected me, touched my private parts and I went with my two children and my husband. I said nothing until we arrived at the house, because my children had already been through many things, I had never experienced this, in my country no man has disrespected me”, confessed Yinnerlyn Rivera of Miquilena.
She also commented that in her workplace she was the target of sexual harassment by her employer in a marble sale business, a situation that arose even when her husband and brother worked in the same place.
“I worked in industrial security because I studied that. The owner of the place wanted to have me working late at night, he was looking for me, he invited me out and had a beer, and I was going strictly for the job, not to face such an ugly fat man. I didn’t keep working there because that man wanted to have a slave girl”, she said.
She stressed that “here it is very difficult, people think that you are earning money and sending to Venezuela or that you are stable and that is not the case, this is the worst, if you go out on the street you are discriminated just for being Venezuelan and if you are a woman and pretty, it’s worse! You have manage to not attract attention”.
As well as many other Venezuelans who return to their homeland today, Yinnerlyn said that on her return she hopes to finish her university studies and work to move Venezuela forward.
Since its launch in April 2018, around 17 thousand Venezuelan migrants have returned to the country through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, Panama and Uruguay.
Temas: Vuelta a la Patria Inglés.