In Carmen’s Hands (World Affairs, Podcast)

QUITO, ECUADOR - A few months ago, the California based World Affairs podcast contacted me to talk about a previous article I had written about Carmen Carcelen, an Ecuadorian woman who lives in the small town of Juncal, near the border with Colombia, and turned her home into a shelter for Venezuelans migrating through. By …

In Ecuador, one woman has given shelter to over 8,500 Venezuelans (Al Jazeera)

JUNCAL, ECUADOR - The sun had already set when a group of 10 Venezuelans trickled into Carmen Carcelen's home in northern Ecuador late last month. They joined about 100 others who were already there. Two volunteers immediately invited the new houseguests to put down their tattered suitcases and backpacks, and offered each person a bowl of soup. …

Live News Spot. Ecuador’s new policy for Venezuelans crossing the border (TRT World)

My first live TV news spot. I spoke with TRT World about Ecuador enforcing their new policy for Venezuelans trying to cross the border, now requiring their passports. This was put into effect Saturday, Aug 18 and is going to make things a whole lot worse for a lot of people before it makes things …