Yorbing Staff, Wednesday, January 30, 2019
WNYC The Takeaway.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company in an effort to further destabilize the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
The move comes days after the US and other Western powers recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the new president of Venezuela. Tuesday night, the Venezuelan Supreme Court, which is aligned with Maduro, barred Guaidó from leaving the country.
The country has experienced years of economic and political upheaval. an estimated two million Venezuelans have left the country, facing food shortages and a complete breakdown of the economy. According to the United Nations, and since 2015, it’s estimated that 5,000 people are leaving per day.
For Venezuelans who have fled, many are waiting anxiously to see what comes next for their country and if Guaidó can bring about much-needed change and economic relief.
Omar Mora is one of them. He was an attorney working in Venezuela when he decided to come to the United States last August. He joined The Takeaway to tell his story.