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Govt ready to relocate Guyanese from Venezuelan eastern town

As political and economic unrest in neighbouring Venezuela spreads, the Guyana government on Friday said it was paying keen attention to the welfare of Guyanese in the neighbouring eastern Venezuelan town of Puerto Ordaz and would be willing to help them return if the situation worsens.

“If we felt that life, limb and property of Guyanese who are there, and who require assistance of the government to relocate to Guyana, we are prepared to provide that service,” Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a post-cabinet news briefing.

He added that, in keeping with Guyana’s international obligations, both Guyanese and Venezuelans would be provided safe haven here. “In the event that something over-spills in Puerto Ordaz, what I can say to you is that we have made arrangements at our side of the border to receive those residents and even Venezuelans who are fleeing from violence in those communities; we have an international obligation to provide certain limited facilities for them,” he said.

He noted that government has realised that affected persons do not wait on the administration to assist them, but instead they cross the border into Region One (Barima-Waini) to areas such as Morawhanna, Mabarama Port Kaituma and Moruca.

“We have a robust immigration outfit there, we  have also a robust medical facility in the area,” he said, recalling that Guyana’s health facilities were last year made available for Venezuelans to seek medical facilities.


There are between 25,000 and 55,000 Guyanese living in Puerto Ordaz where looting and scattered protests broke out earlier this month.

Residents have become increasingly angered by food and medicine shortages especially at a time of a malaria outbreak.

Reeling from four years of economic recession partly due to a slump in world oil prices, that oil-dependent economy has recorded numerous looting of food stores and sporadic protests in Puerto Ordaz.

Back in the 1980s when Guyana had suffered massive food shortages, thousands of Guyanese had settled in Venezuela from where they had smuggled basic necessities such as cooking oil, toilet tissue, butter, wheaten flour, soap and other items to Guyana’s coastal communities where there had been a ready and lucrative market.

  • powerplayer

    These Guyanese living in Puerto Ordaz are a special group. They falsified paper work and obtained Venezuelan citizenship. They did the hustle to survive they did not uplift themselves. They cursed and disowned Guyana.

    They know every aspect of criminal behavior better than the average Guyanese. Creating ease of simulating them back into our society with tax payers dollars and an ill equipped system is not a priority.

    please lets get on with the people business in Guyana and wish these folks well. Its the practical thing to do.

    • Col123

      Don’t know which church you attend…but it is clearly the reason why I would piss on folks like you!


        colon good church people don’t piss on other people
        gwaan dat side wid ur dailee crap

      • powerplayer

        Just my luck you left handed

  • Ashwan Singh

    This government is really out to lunch. As I write this letter I am sat at the departure at Cheddie Jagan Airport awaiting departure after a week of frustration over cancellations by Fly Jamaica.
    Now they’re talking of evacuation of Guyanese from Venezuela.
    When we arrived at the airport at 2 o’clock this morning hundreds of people found that the toilets were backing up and not functional. The flight is further delayed from 5.30 to 8.30 and we have no toilet facilities, as we are being asked by the cleaners not to use, and if we do, not to flush the toilets. Can you imagine that. Imagine that several people have to go but are not allowed to flush their waste because of some incompetent construction company renovating the Airport.
    It seems that everything this govt. puts it’s hand on is made into a mess !!!

    • Gtloyal

      “It seems that everything this govt. puts it’s hand on is made into a mess !!!”
      I only hope “this govt.” put their hands and make a mess of those of the previous administration who are the ones to be blamed for all that you mention. Give thanks that this government is making an effort to repair and renovate the disasters they received everywhere.
      I am sure that the “Guyanese from Venezuela” have not asked for any help but governments the world over knows that it is their duty to look after their citizens no matter where they are.

  • Gtloyal

    Their contribution? They fed a very large part, if not all of Guyana during the years when the likes like you were busy burning the cane fields in your effort to strangle the economy of the nation.