More Venezuelans flock to Irwin Park

More homeless Venezuelans are trickling to Irwin Park facility in Siparia hoping to get free meals, clothing and shelter.

When Guardian Media visited the facility on Monday more than 20 Venezuelans were lounging on cots, and on chairs.

There were enough food and drinks to feed a hundred more people.

Itilda Wharwood from the Siparia Community Association and voluntary translator Jennifer Joan Cowie have been spending their time at the facility ensuring that people do not take advantage of the Venezuelans.

Migrant squatting, prostitution worry MPs

Squat­ting, squab­bles and sex-re­lat­ed prob­lems.

Re­ports of squat­ting in Cen­tral Trinidad by some Venezue­lans and the oc­cu­pan­cy of aban­doned South hous­es are among the mixed bag of is­sues re­sult­ing from the in­flux of mi­grants to T&T in re­cent months.

Oth­er is­sues in­clude cer­tain Clax­ton Bay-based Venezue­lan women be­ing fol­lowed home by T&T men af­ter work—and maxi taxis fer­ry­ing “ar­rivals” out of cer­tain La Brea coastal ar­eas.

Presbyterian Church to feed Venezeulans

Sad­dened by the en­slave­ment of Venezue­lan mi­grants who are on­ly seek­ing to fill emp­ty stom­achs in T&T, re­cent­ly-in­stalled mod­er­a­tor of the Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Rev Joy Ab­dul-Mo­han, says her flock will use their re­sources to al­le­vi­ate the mi­grants’ hunger.

She said it was wor­ri­some to think that po­lice of­fi­cers were in­volved in hu­man traf­fick­ing of refugees to have them prac­tice mod­ern day slav­ery.

Pregnant woman, baby among 17 Venezuelans found in abandoned Chatham hotel

Seventeen Venezuelans have been caught hiding in an abandoned hotel infested with bats and rats at Chatham South beach.

They were picked up by the T&T Coast Guard after dawn, having been dropped off by a Venezuelan pirogue.

Among the 17 Venezuelans were nine females, one of whom is pregnant, a baby and seven men.

A source said the women were hiding in the abandoned hotel; while some were found in the bushes and on the beach.

The patrolling officers became alerted when they saw a few cars, waiting to pick up the Venezuelans.

Venezuelan families seek help

Having endured a grueling boat ride from Tucupita to Trinidad and then several days of hiding in the forests of Palo Seco before their arrests, 17 Venezuelans have finally settled into a house at Morne Diablo, Penal.

They have limited food, a trickle of water and no medicine for their sick children.

Yet to them Trinidad is like a paradise. Compared to their homeland, there is no shortage of food here. The family gave Guardian Media an exclusive interview of their plight and their hopes for the future.

The family is renting the house for $3,000 a month.

46 Venezuelans in court for illegal entry

Even as aid is be­ing sought for more 100 Venezue­lans mi­grants found hid­ing in the Pa­lo Seco area, 46 oth­ers ap­peared in court this morn­ing charged with en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gal­ly.

The ma­jor­i­ty of them were con­vict­ed and or­dered to pay fines of $2,000 and $3,000.

They were giv­en three months to pay the fines or serve six and four months in jail. Most were men and they came in­to the coun­try at dif­fer­ent dates be­tween last Au­gust and this month.

Venezuelans: We want a chance to work

While po­lice locked down the coastal points at Beach Camp, Pa­lo Seco and Erin on Wednes­day night, three more boat­loads of Venezue­lans ar­rived at Ica­cos Beach and Colum­bus Bay, while many more hid in the forests.

A source who re­quest­ed anonymi­ty said the boats came in be­tween 11 pm on Wednes­day to 1.30 am on Thurs­day.

Short­ly af­ter mid­night, a con­tin­gent of po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived search­ing for the Venezue­lans.

It is be­lieved they fled in­to the forests near Con­stance Es­tate, La Ve­ga Es­tate, St Quintin Es­tate near Colum­bus Bay.

Venezuelans hiding in forest, feeding off mangoes and coconuts

Desperate to escape being caught by the police, more than 50 Venezuelan women and their children are hiding in the forests of Icacos, feeding off mangoes and coconuts.

By dusk, when the mosquitoes, gnats and sandflies descend to feed, the hungry women stumble out of the forests in search of food, holding their children protectively around them.

Guardian Media went in search of the bush families on Thursday and saw evidence of their existence. Fresh foot tracks were seen in the forest leading to the sea and a knapsack was spotted on the road.