One of my fears for the future of Venezuela is that many of the educated people are leaving and this will not bode well for the country. Since I arrived here in the states just a few short weeks ago, I have already ran into many Venezuelans who have left the country to start a new life here.
I also have learned that some mission boards are now requesting that their missionary families with children of Venezuelan citizenship return to the states, at least temporarily . Some of the new Constitutional reforms put into jeopardy the rights of the parents over their children. We had decided to do this as of last year as we see only a downward spiral in Venezuela. There is little to encourage one that things will improve.
I saw this statement by Chavez just this week.
The current government is "instilling an ideology into the society" and such a process covers elementary schools, pre-school, garrisons and universities, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. "We have been accused of instilling an ideology into the society, and I say 'yes!'", Chávez noted.We have been called alarmist, but,in my very humble opinion... when it comes to my children, better safe than sorry!!!
1) We visited with one couple last week who had left Venezuela just two months ago. The father is a lawyer and the wife works in administration with an international company. When they went to re- enroll their children in school in Puerto Ordaz, they were asked by the school to surrender their children's Italian passports as they are Venezuelan-Italian.
This frightened the father to the point that he immediately left with his two children for the USA. The wife only was able to join them last week. Her company was able to get her a transfer to Miami and even a job for her husband. Two intelligent people with much to offer are now making a new life in the USA.
The father told us that when they asked for his children's passports, he was afraid that his children would end up trapped in Venezuela and unable to leave if he waited any longer.
2) We have a young lady and her 6 year old daughter attending the Spanish church where we go. She left Venezuela to keep her child out of the school system.
3) There is another family, just one block from us, the wife is Venezuelan and the husband is American but grew up in Venezuela. They had been serving as missionaries in Tachira until a few months ago. They also left fearing for the future of their 6 children as they are Venezuelan.
4) We received an email from another family with children of dual citizenship. The wife is also Venezuelan. They had moved back to Venezuela last December, against our advice, and now are returning to Canada after only 6 months.Why? they have two Venezuelan sons.
5) I had a surprise a few days back. When I opened my door, a friend from Venezuela was standing there. They had worked and served in the same tribe as we had just on another river. They also left Venezuela a year ago. It was so good to see him!! He was able to catch us up on many others we had lost track of.
6) Another family left last month and their children had to leave on their Canadian passports after trying to renew their Venezuelan passports for over a year. When one enters or leaves a country on the other passport, we are told that according to international law, you surrender the other citizenship. So now, even though the mother is Venezuelan and the children were born there, the children can not enter except as Canadians with a visa. If you can get one.
7) The driver of the truck which brought our container from Miami used to live in Valencia, Venezuela. He escaped Cuba in his youth and now says Venezuela is going to be just like Cuba. So he left.
A frequent commenter here, The Beak,The Beak Speaks, has said that he sees Venezuelan visa applications cross his desk everyday. He also mentioned that American companies in Venezuela are trying to get the families of their employees out of Venezuela.
Obviously, I am not alone in my concern for the children! We had decided last year when we began to see some of the new Education Laws, that we were removing our children from the country...just in case. After what we saw done to the missionaries in the jungle, after we saw the way the constitution was ignored by the government, we realized this regime does what it wants, when it wants, and there is no legal recourse. To suppose you will have "rights" under this government is dangerous. Ne se meta con mis hijos!!!!
This is so sad for Venezuela!!! Many good, hardworking, educated people will no longer be able to contribute to the future of Venezuela.
I am seeing a Brain Drain!