Giving Compass' Take:

• Colombian locals are ramping up efforts to help more and more Venezuelan refugees that are migrating into Colombia to escape the political upheaval in their country. 

• What can outside groups do to help those in such a politically fraught country? How can we provide support and aid? 

Here's how Colombian aid groups are being strained from the Venezuelan crisis. 


Pamplona, Colombia - Up to 50 Venezuelans sleep in what used to be 55-year-old Marta Duke's dining room every night. Forty sleep in her former living room; more in what was once her son's bedroom.

Scores more sleep at the neighbour's house, and 200 more sleep outside in this chilly mountain town 75km from the Venezuelan border.

"In the new year, the quantity has exploded," said Duke, rubbing her tired eyes in the kitchen of her house-turned-migrant shelter. "I'm worried."

Read the full article about Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia by Dylan Baddour at Aljazeera