FJA 2019 / Shortlist
Category: Contribution to Civil Rights
Megan Janetsky (Colombia)
“Hospitals are turning into 'cemeteries for migrants' on Colombia-Venezuela border”
May 29, 2019
PRI’s The World
When 19-year-old Emily Semplu was about to give birth to her first child, she knew it was time to leave Venezuela.
The day before she went into labor, she fled to neighboring Colombia by night through trochas, illegal dirt pathways along the border run by dangerous armed groups. The next morning, she was alone, writhing and drenched in sweat at Hospital San José, the only public hospital in the northern border city of Maicao, Colombia.