The vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, announced on Wednesday a new aid of 61 million dollars to assist Venezuelans who have left the country as a result of the current crisis.
Pence took advantage of his participation in a meeting of the UN Security Council on Venezuela to raise awareness of this item, which adds to about 200 million dollars already approved by the US. to support Venezuelans in a vulnerable situation in 16 countries of the region.
According to the Department of State, the funds will be used to offer essential assistance and basic services such as housing, food, drinking water, medical aid and protection in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador or Peru.
The UN estimates that some 3.7 million people have left in recent years Venezuela and Pence said that another 2 million could do this year if the situation does not improve.
"And those who stay suffer from crime, violence and disorder, thieves in Venezuela do not steal banks, steal restaurants for food," he insisted.
The US vice president said that 9 out of 10 Venezuelans are currently living in poverty and that thousands of children are dying of hunger.
According to United Nations estimates, some 7 million people - around 25% of the country's population - need humanitarian assistance, with groups such as people with chronic diseases, pregnant women and children in a particularly vulnerable situation.
Pence blamed the crisis on Nicolás Maduro's government, which he described as "dictator" and demanded that he resign.
"The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy and freedom must be imposed: Nicolás Maduro is a dictator without legitimacy to be in power and Nicolás Maduro must leave," he stressed.
For this reason, he asked the United Nations to recognize the opposition Juan Guaidó as president of the country and to withdraw the credentials of Maduro's representatives to the organization.
Venezuela has experienced a situation of political instability since January 10, when Maduro returned to take office as president after prevailing in last May's elections, not recognized by the international community.
On January 23, Guaidó invoked several articles of the Venezuelan Constitution to defend that, as head of the Parliament, he could declare himself interim president of the country by considering Maduro's inauguration "illegitimate".