Venezuela's crisis impacting college students in the Ozarks

Published: Mar. 28, 2019 at 9:12 PM CDT
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Protests are still taking place in the streets of Venezuela as the people push to oust President Nicolas Maduro and let opposition leader Juan Guaido take over. The Venezuelan government

Venezuelan students at Evangel University are feeling the weight of the situation.

"I know that if I were to go back to some of the cities that my family is from, that I grew up in, I mean you would hardly recognize it now," Jonathan Alvarado, student, said.

Alvarado along with Rafael Rodriguez, Harold Alvarez and Jose Vargas sat down to share about the desperate situation in their home country.

"I fear for my family, they are not in a good place right now," Alvarez said.

"(The country) is in complete chaos right now there is no electricity," Rodriguez said. "When they do have it they just cook a little bit of food and save it for later on that day. They know the power is not going to last. They are only going to have it for a few hours."

Constant blackouts continue to happen in the country. The internet, public transportation, water pipelines and even hospitals are impacted. The group talked about the constant communication struggles.

"You get on these different social media sites just trying to check on your family, but you can't," Alvarado said. "You may not hear from them for days on end."

For Vargas, the unrest is impacting

His visa expires in May.

"The Venezuelan Embassy in the USA is closed," Vargas said. "So there is no connection between USA and Venezuela."

Vargas says he is trying to obtain a passport but that is not a promising process.

"If I don't get it, then I will have to go back. I mean there is nothing else I can do stay here," Vargas said.

These students are praying for a solution sooner rather than later. They hope to see Guaido take over.