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Venezuelan Exodus: Thousands Flee Violence Stricken Country for United States

Anti-government protests have shaken Venezuela since February, leaving at least 41 people dead and thousands injured.

The protests have created daily street clashes between students and National Guard troops.

“I got out of my car to try and help people, and the National Guard attacked us,” said 31-year old Karen Lemoins. “That was the breaking point for me. That day I said I have to leave my country.”

Lemoins left Venezuela on February 21st, leaving her husband and family behind.

“I want to have a family. I want my kids to go to a good school. I want to be able to take them to the park with peace of mind and in Venezuela it’s just impossible,” she said in her temporary apartment in Doral, Florida.

Caracas, the capital, is one of the deadliest cities in the world.

Credit: Mariana Atencio and Joanna Suarez

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