Wake up, see a cell phone crammed with messages and feel a current flow through its adorn body. It was the sensation that describes part of the Venezuelans living in Ecuador when, in the first hours of yesterday, they could observe, in social networks and local media, the actions undertaken by the interim president and head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó.
Gisela Rosero, Venezuelan citizen residing in Guayaquil seven months ago, can not help but smile when she speaks of her country, of the emotion and hope she says she feels.
A hope, which he assures, feeds his desire to return depending on what happens in Venezuela. “Returning is written in our destiny. The return, in the short, medium or long term, is to help our country rebuild it and it will be as massive as the exit “, the citizen replies, who shared yesterday with other Venezuelans who met outside the Consulate in Guayaquil.
A few steps away from her, in the middle of the group, was María Colmenares who came a month after Rosero to Guayaquil. Like his compatriot, he did it by land and hopes in the short term to return to tour the same cities and towns, no longer with tears but with a smile, until he again envisions the mountains of his land.
“I see myself coming back in a few months. I see it in the short term because my family is there and I’m dying to see them. We know that we have to give it a time for the country to recover. ” Some kilometers away, in Cuenca, the same thought was in the mind of Marco Negrete.
The Venezuelan, of 42 years old and who did not stop observing the events of his country through a Facebook account, considers that if he notices a change in Venezuela, in two or three months he arms his suitcases to return.
“It is hard to have left everything I have achieved with sacrifice, to live in a shelter, sleeping on the floor. God willing that our situation, “remarked the foreigner who for now survives the collaboration he collects from passers-by in one of the corners of the capital of Azuay. Kimberly Ribero, originally from Caracas like Negrete, hugged her two children, 10 and 4 years old, and almost whispered in their ear gave them some encouragement.
“We are about to return to our land,” repeated the 38-year-old woman who arrived in Cuenca, fleeing what she described as a “misery” that she lived in her country.
She is also one of those who believes that, “if everything goes well, in a month I will return to my country to return to my work as a nurse”. Venezuelan citizens based in Quito also staged a rally outside the Embassy. Most of those summoned were waiting for their mobile phones for a message from their families or a tweet to provide them with some information.
The concentrations will continue. At least the colony in Guayaquil will prepare next seedlings in support to President Guaidó. A breath to the dream of returning Guayaquil. Another group of citizens met outside the Consulate. A breath to the dream of returning Cuenca.
A couple of Venezuelans walk the streets of the city in search of some collaboration from passers-by. Chavismo Unanswered Diplomacy The rallies of the Venezuelan citizens in Guayaquil and Quito did not merit a response from the local representatives of the Nicolás Maduro regime who still occupy the offices of the Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador, despite the fact that the country recognizes the representative appointed by the interim president Juan Guaidó.
In the official Twitter account of the Embassy could be seen replies to the tweets in favor of the Maduro regime and a call for a consular day for this Friday in Quito for paperwork and medical care.
Eduardo Febres Cordero, president of the Fundación Venezolanos en el Exterior, described as “deception” that summons that, to his criterion, wants to appear support in favor of Maduro.
Also, according to Febres Cordero, the Embassy announced the suspension of the Return to the Homeland flight scheduled for this weekend. There is no reaction from the diplomatic office. (I)