For Venezuelan Migrants, COVID-19 Is Fueling a Mental Health Crisis

By Luisa Feline Freier, Matthew Bird, Marta Luzes

New data on Venezuelans in Peru underscores the pandemic’s toll on mental health.

LIMA - Leonor, her sister, 5-year-old nephew and 3-year-old niece arrived to Peru by bus from Venezuela in August 2019 to reunite with Leonor’s mother The trip was less harrowing than it could have been because of the transportation provided by an international organization Other Venezuelan migrants to Peru have been forced to make the journey of over 1,300 miles on foot   Leonor was among hundreds of migrants and refugees who answered a series of mental health screening questions when we met last August at the border between Ecuador and Peru The 21-year-old was among the 33% who...

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