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Virus Prevents Diaspora Venezuelans From Sending Money Home

Migrants wearing protective masks stand outside of buses that were returning them to Venezuela, after being stopped by authorities, in Bogota, Colombia, on April 28.

Migrants wearing protective masks stand outside of buses that were returning them to Venezuela, after being stopped by authorities, in Bogota, Colombia, on April 28.

Photographer: Nathalia Angarita/Bloomberg
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Caracas, Venezuela (AP) -- After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Misael Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and sent money home monthly to support his mother and his 5-year-old son.

But just after Cocho landed his steadiest work so far in Lima, coronavirus cases skyrocketed. He lost his job, sold his TV to buy food and hasn't been able to wire money for months to Caracas to pay for food for the boy and Cocho's mother.