“The parents reported that the engine of the peñero (barge) was damaged half an hour after leaving on Sunday when they were deported. Many children are dehydrated,” said Smolansky.
The 16 Venezuelan minors deported on Sunday 22-N by Trinidad and Tobago, of whom there was no news in about 48 hours, arrived on Tuesday 24-N to that island, Venezuelan opposition sources reported.
“Urgent. First test of the 16 Venezuelan children and all the deportees arriving at a beach in Trinidad and Tobago,” Venezuelan opposition politician David Smolansky wrote on Twitter in a statement accompanied by a video from Trinidadian media T&T Newsday.
Smolansky, who condemned the situation on Sunday 22-N, asked that after the arrival of the 16 minors, including a four-month-old baby, “their protection and integration” would now be guaranteed.
Many of the minors can be seen in the T&T Newsday video, some covered in blankets after two days at sea and others drinking water.
Smolansky also reported a few hours before the parents of the 16 minors could communicate with the person responsible for them, after almost 48 hours without certainty about their whereabouts.
According to what he said at the time, the boat they were traveling in was expected to arrive in Los Cedros or Palo Seco, on the south coast of the island of Trinidad.
“The parents condemned that the engine of the peñero (barge) was damaged half an hour after leaving on Sunday when they were deported. Many children are dehydrated,” he said.
In addition, he called on the Trinidadian government to comply with “the decision of the Supreme Court of the country and act as recommended by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday and to guarantee the protection of minors and reunification with their families.”
The Commission called on Trinidad and Tobago to “strictly” monitor the protection of migrant children and called on the country to “guarantee entry” of “Venezuelans seeking international protection for urgent humanitarian reasons, and to respect the principle of non-refoulement.”
The 48-hour ignorance of the minors created interest in Venezuelan society, which began to ask on social networks where the 16 minors were and demanded a solution for them.