Venezuela to donate $5M to Harvey victims in Texas

Houston residents trudge through floodwaters. | Photo: AFP

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has announced that the South American country will be donating US$5 million to help with recovery efforts in areas devastating by Harvey, particularly Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.

“We can not let war be imposed, instead we need to impose solidarity. We will always be with the people of the United States and the peoples of the world in difficult times,” Arreaza said.

He explained that President Nicolas Maduro has approved a special program to help the victims in the states of Louisiana and Texas.

The plan was approved by U.S. authorities and the cities’ mayors, according to Arreaza.


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  1. theLateBath
    August 31, 2017

    WAW. Waawwwwwwwwww. So wait first of all shouldnt that money be used to feed your hungry in Venezuela? Secondly, this is a clear example of “love thy enemy”. America has relentlessly tried to undermine Venezuela for years, even almost labeling it as a rogue state. America pushed for the huge drop in oil and gas prices stating it was going after “ISIS” to cut their funding, in turn this totally also destabilized the Venezuelan economy (Coincedence?? maybe not). Now you the same Venezuela find it prudent to donate 5 Mil to America? Well that is love papa. I would let the greatest country on earth fight its own battles. Texas is one of the most racist states in America, even though a large number of blacks live there. MAybe this is the washout they need.

  2. Farmer
    August 31, 2017

    Venezuela have money to donate? Politicians are really the lowest forms of life on earth.

  3. Plato
    August 31, 2017

    I am hoping this is a misprint on the part of the paper as it is appalling for the leaders of Venezuela to ignore the suffering of their people while they seek to assist others who are more fortunate. Please do not misunderstand what it is I am saying. In no way I am indicating that you shouldn’t help if you are able to but, we all know they’re not and like Chavez, Maduro is just a showboat; big talk and big moves while nothing of substance is there.

  4. Truth Be Told
    August 31, 2017

    Texas is one of the wealthiest States in the USA so why send them this money aid, why not send it to Africa where the floods caused more damage and the resource assistance is most needed? Oh yes, this is President Maduro’s political circus! As President Donald Trump said, “Texas can handle anything!”
    So President Maduro if you really want to do good follow this story

    • Dominican
      August 31, 2017

      Truth, it is not as simple as it seems. Venezuela has a chronic deficiency in its refining capacity and most of its crude is refined in the Gulf area of the U.S.A. There is a direct correlation. Politicians make a lot of noise while business goes on as usual.

  5. B E B
    August 30, 2017

    How’s that Venezuela can afford US $5 Millions to the flood victims and its people are in such a crisis for so long. People are dying. While its good to assist another nation but your people should be first looked after. Some of those millions could help feed some of the folks in Venezuela.

    August 30, 2017

    SOLIDARITY on positive ideas!

  7. Ideal
    August 30, 2017

    His people starving but he giving money to America, go figure. Trump will still go after him once this is over!

    • theLateBath
      August 31, 2017

      IS after the oil and other natural resources America after. they couldnt give two hoots who their leader is, once they can control him.

  8. Dori Drigo
    August 30, 2017

    Must be a joke the Venezuelan people need all the money that Maduro can collect. Houston will be fine, America has money just ill directed politicians. Goo gesture but misdirected just a thought.

  9. August 30, 2017

    YEAH RIGHT as if they don’t need it

  10. Real Truth
    August 30, 2017

    It was very very sad to read the few comments at the end of the full article posted above…… There are some/lot of sick self centered ,Godless people in the USA , I guess the same in most countries, who just sit behind computers all day and spew negative heartless comments. People are in a crisis in Texas, and these internet trolls state that they do not want The Venezuelan government help……..sick….!

  11. Waiting on God
    August 30, 2017

    All of all you that came down illegally and vote and put dominicans to cry day in and day out because of the extreme hardship they are now facing the GOD THAT WE SERVE IS NOW VISITING ALL YOU.

  12. Eh!!
    August 30, 2017

    I’m happy they’re getting help but damn…Maduro you have good head??

  13. marie-claire R Skerrit
    August 30, 2017

    But wait nah Venezuela donating 5 million but yet you are in crisis where you people cant even eat etc. Praying for Houston

  14. August 30, 2017

    That’s like putting out your neighbour’s cigarette when your own house is on fire. I hate to be dismissive of charity, but this is just a desperate attempt to fool slow-witted people into thinking their own regime isn’t collapsing.

  15. Shaka Zulu
    August 30, 2017

    This is tooo funny. Is that a Saturday night skit???

    • Shaka Zulu
      August 30, 2017

      Pure propaganda. Then he going tell them blind mice see we help America cause they could not do it. Or maybe its a peace offering. Politicians you got to love them.

  16. August 30, 2017

    Under Chavez, Venezuela donated millions of gallons of heating oil to the poor of New Jersey and New York, what did they get in return? crippling sanctions, regime change from the imperial power. we live in a world, where the good done, is always repaid with hate, guns and bombs, the few that keep tabs on world issues, can only sit and wonder. Bob D.

    • theLateBath
      August 31, 2017

      Because their government didnt benefit. they want to own Venezuela’s oil supply. Not just accept donations. To America that is a slap in the face to the greatest country on earth. Also, america has NO shortage of oil as they have stock piled for ages to come since the first gulf war.

  17. REAL!!!!!
    August 30, 2017

    People are dying in Venezuela of starvation and the Venezuela GOVT giving the US5M dollars.


  18. past vzlan student
    August 30, 2017

    they don’t have money to take care of their own people but they have money to donate to other countries that are more than able to take care of themselves?

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