Inirida (Agenzia Fides) - Through a video message, the communities of the Colombian department of Guainia, located on the triple border between Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, expressed their gratitude for the work carried out by the team of the Apostolic Vicariate of Inírida, to which the territory belongs from a pastoral point of view, in order to support the most vulnerable communities of the municipality of Río Negro in Venezuela. Since the beginning of the health emergency caused by Covid-19, this particular Church, led by the Apostolic Vicar Mgr. Joselito Carreño Quiñones, has in fact provided medical, material and spiritual assistance, to the communities located in the Lower Guainía areas, Media Guainía and Alta Guainía (see Fides, 27/10/2020).
As indicated in a message released by the communications office of the Apostolic Vicariate, sent to Fides, "considering that for the indigenous populations, who live along the shores of the Guainía river, health has been a challenge since the beginning of the pandemic and an aid strategy was planned with the Vicariate's health team, which visited the communities of Galilee, San Felipe and San Carlos de Río in Venezuela, bringing them medical treatment, medical supplies, Covid-19 tests. They have also distributed non-perishable foods, biosecurity tools and personal hygiene products. In addition, spiritual accompaniment was also offered to families".
During this period, health actions were carried out by professionals in the sector belonging to the Vicariate: a doctor, two nursing assistants, a couple of Venezuelan lay missionaries, who serve indigenous peoples and peasants. "For the Vicariate it is a commitment to promote health for all, ensuring that no one is left without attention", concludes the statement. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 19/12/2020)