Hungry Venezuelans pick through Brazil landfill

Surrounded by vultures perched on trees waiting their turn, penniless Venezuelan migrants scrape a living scavenging for metal, plastic, cardboard and food at the rubbish dump of a Brazilian border town.

PACARAIMA, BRAZIL (REUTERS) - Venezuelan migrants in the border town of Pacaraima, Brazil, are competing with vultures for any scraps of food they can find in a landfill.

"Sometimes we get a little wheat flour, some beans," said 43-year-old Venezuelan migrant Charly Sanchez. "What else? One lady got some spaghetti over there. This morning, I got a little bit of oil."

Charly Sanchez is among several million to flee Venezuela's crippling economic and humanitarian crisis, a crisis that the West blames on President Nicolas Maduro.

He is accused of mismanaging the nation's oil-producing economy.

Rosemary Tovar, a 23-year-old Venezuelan migrant from Caracas, says it's because of Mr Maduro that she was unable to find a job in her own country.

"We want to go back to our country, but what he's doing does not allowing (sic) us to."

Pacaraima hosts the only road in the region that crosses into Brazil.


Another group of Venezeluans got here three months ago but stopped when they found an abandoned bus. They needed shelter and have lived here ever since.

They hope to move south and find jobs, but for now, they search for food.