UNHCR Saddened By News of Venezuelans Missing in Caribbean Sea Shipwreck
Port of Spain, April 25 2019 — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the disappearance of 21 Venezuelans off the coast of Patos Island, in the vicinity of both Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. Reports have stated that the passengers included women and children.
“This tragic incident underscores the desperation of those forced to flee their homes, and the extraordinary difficulties faced on their journey,” said Leila Jane Nassif, UNHCR chief of mission in Trinidad and Tobago. UNHCR reiterates its thanks to and support for the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela as they continue search, rescue, and recovery efforts.