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Venezuelans cross into Colombia, useless cash in hand
Published in 2-1-2018
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BOGOTA, Colombia - Jorge Gutierrez leaps onto a packed bus in Colombia's capital, proudly announcing that he comes bearing gifts from neighboring Venezuela. He holds up a thick wad of bolivars- the nearly worthless currency of his crisis-racked homeland - and then asks for a small donation in exchange for each 100-bolivar note. "Do you know what I can buy with this?" he says as the bus rumbles down a street in Bogota. "Absolutely nothing, gentlemen." This creative stunt has become a common scene in Colombia as a record number of Venezuelans pour across the border seeking a better life. An estimated 550,000 Venezuelans have migrated to Colombia, crossing a spottily policed 1,242-mile border.