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Time to implement Canada’s resettlement policies for Central Americans fleeing violence

By Rachel Kiddell-Monroe      

Canada has an opportunity to do its part by demonstrating leadership on this continent in helping people in its own backyard.

A Honduran family heads into the town of La Técnica, Guatemala, which lies across the Usumacinta River from Mexico. Nearly 500,000 Central Americans flee to Mexico every year. Tito Herrera photograph courtesy of the UNHCR

I recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Venezuela. I witnessed an entire people’s survival being instrumentalized for political aims. Food and medicine have become luxuries and people dream of safe refuge. One in 10 Venezuelans has been forced to flee since 2015. Out of necessity. Not out of choice.

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