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Pregnant Women Cross Border for Safe and Healthy Childbirth

World | Reuters | August 24, 2018, 8:40 am
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 Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day.<br /><br />The massive influx of Venezuelans has overburdened social services in Roraima state and led to an increase in crime, prostitution, disease and incidents of xenophobia. Births of Venezuelan babies at the Boa Vista maternity hospital surged to 566 last year and 571 in the first half of 2018, from 288 in 2016 when the flow of Venezuelan refugees began, the Roraima health department said. There were no births in 2015, it said. (Image: Reuters)

Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day.

The massive influx of Venezuelans has overburdened social services in Roraima state and led to an increase in crime, prostitution, disease and incidents of xenophobia. Births of Venezuelan babies at the Boa Vista maternity hospital surged to 566 last year and 571 in the first half of 2018, from 288 in 2016 when the flow of Venezuelan refugees began, the Roraima health department said. There were no births in 2015, it said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Cecilia, a Venezuelan woman holds her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Irene, 23, a Venezuelan woman from Santa Elena city, holds her six-day-old baby Ashlei at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Carmen Jimenez, 33, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Carmen Jimenez, 33, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Marisol, 44, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her two-day-old baby Amalia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Jasmilfer, 23, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her five-day-old baby Arjunea at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Lismaris, 21, a Venezuelan from Monagas state, holds her three-day-old baby Cecilia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Maria Teresa Lopez, 20, a Warao Indian from Delta Amacuro state, uses a syringe to feed her one-day-old baby Fabiola, at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Jackeline, 24, a Venezuelan from Bolivar state, holds her four-day-old baby Sofia at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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 Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth to her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

Carla, 18, a Venezuelan pregnant woman, poses before she gave birth to her baby at a maternity hospital in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (Image: Reuters)

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