Mixed feelings: joy and longing were combined in the moving meeting that brought together Oliver Toro Chacón for the first time, a boy of Venezuelan descent who was the only survivor of a tragic traffic accident that occurred on March 10 on the Ruta Highway 9 from Argentina, and his main family members who traveled from Venezuela to Buenos Aires with the support of the Venezuelan authorities.
Oliver’s parents, Raúl Toro and Mileidy Chacón, as well as the child’s maternal grandmother, Cecilia Sánchez, died in the unfortunate event; all of Venezuelan nationality. At the time of the accident, the infant was barely eleven months old.
The meeting between Oliver and his relatives took place this Tuesday in the Argentine capital, after the steps taken by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, through the Embassy in Argentina and the Office of Consular Relations, in coordination with the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration (Saime) and the authorities of the southern nation, mainly the National Road Safety Agency.
The Venezuelan ambassador in Buenos Aires, Stella Lugo, accompanied this meeting and guaranteed all the support of the Venezuelan State for the due attention of the case.
Oliver’s relatives, meanwhile, expressed their gratitude to the Venezuelan authorities for the efforts, assistance and for facilitating their trip to Argentina to join the boy.
A new destiny
The Venezuelan diplomatic mission in Argentina, upon learning of the event, established all the necessary contacts to learn about Oliver’s conditions and, consequently, provide logistical assistance for his protection.
Because he was born in Argentina, a court in that country granted a custody measure in favor of a person close to the family nucleus, although, according to Ambassador Lugo, the corresponding procedures are underway so that this measure is now granted to the Oliver’s mother family and the child can travel to Venezuela.
Oliver’s parents had been living in Argentina for approximately six years.