RHU arrives in Latin America for the first time to shelter Venezuelan refugees

Region: Americas
Country: Brazil
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 501-1000
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Design & Planning, Capacity Building, Communications

More than 5.6 million people have left the crisis in Venezuela since 2014, with most fleeing to neighbouring countries including Colombia, Chile, Peru and Brazil.

RHUs were installed for the first time in Latin America to host Venezuelan refugees, asylum-seekers and persons of concern (PoCs) at the Rondon I shelter in Boa Vista, Roraima. Rondon I is the 10th temporary shelter to be established by UNHCR in Roraima, which borders the south-east Venezuelan states of Amazonas and Bolivar. Opened in mid-July 2018, Rondon I is hosting Venezuelans who were living on the streets of Boa Vista. The most vulnerable were identified and prioritised, including families, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.

The shelter comprises 120 RHUs, installed here for the first time in Latin America, with a capacity for 600 people.

In support of the R4V interagency response, UNHCR has implemented 924 Better Shelter RHUs in several camps in Boa Vista, Roraima, which borders the south-east Venezuelan states of Amazonas and Bolivar. These units support UNHCR in fulfilling its mission to offer protection to Venezuelans who were previously living on the streets of Boa Vista.

Read more about UNHCR’s efforts in Brazil here.

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