Explaining Brazil Podcast #9: The Venezuela crisis

This week’s edition of Explaining Brazil will discuss a highly charged issue that transcends our borders: the Venezuela crisis. Approximately 70,000 Venezuelans had crossed into Brazil by February this year, amid rumors that Brazil might close its border (something that the government has vehemently denied). Boa Vista, whose population is now 10 percent Venezuelan, is struggling to provide adequate shelter, employment, […]

This week’s edition of Explaining Brazil will discuss a highly charged issue that transcends our borders: the Venezuela crisis.

Approximately 70,000 Venezuelans had crossed into Brazil by February this year, amid rumors that Brazil might close its border (something that the government has vehemently denied). Boa Vista, whose population is now 10 percent Venezuelan, is struggling to provide adequate shelter, employment, and healthcare services. And Brazil’s central government seems unsure of what to do, flip-flopping between moving all Venezuelan migrants to one location or dispersing them throughout the country.

For this episode, we’re hosting Rosario Hernandez, a political analyst from Venezuela and member of the Young Diplomats. She discusses just how bad things are – and what the future may hold for her country.

The podcast is available on SoundCloud and on Apple Podcasts.

On this podcast:

Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

Ciara Long is a journalist based in Rio de Janeiro and a contributing writer for The Brazilian Report. Her work has been featured in PRI, CBC News, and World Politics Review, among others.

Rosario Hernandez is a political analyst from Venezuela and a member of Young Diplomats. She grew up with the challenges of the 21st century. She studied journalism, holds an M.A in Political Science, and a diploma in Political Marketing. She specializes in the changing political landscapes of South America and the Middle East.

This podcast was edited by Peter Clare, University College London (Diploma in sub-titling, translating). Peter has radio work experience with the BBC, the University of Brasilia and the University of Campinas.

 

This article is part of a series launched by our partner, The Brazilian Report and was originally published here.

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