The Diary of a Venezuelan Refugee is an impressive piece of social history. It describes a woman’s daily life, living in a state of war with her husband and four children. The author, Blanca Llorentez, is a young woman who married in Spain and brought to the Bolivarian Republic when the revolution began. She managed to escape and now lives in New York.
A young woman, Blanca was studying abroad when the revolution broke out. She managed to send money back to her family in Spain, but was arrested by the military. From there, she made dangerous connections with freedom fighters and finally made it to the United States. In this diary, Blanca shares the experiences she went through. She describes what she was doing in Venezuela and how she came to live in New York.
Most of the book is written in Spanish, but some sections are also written in English. The writer does her best to describe her personal experiences, but her language can be a little confusing at times. Some of the descriptions are disturbing, like describing what she ate for breakfast while serving in the military. Other times her writing is detailed and even humorous.
As with most accounts of life in a country where the revolution took place, the reality of what actually happened is sometimes not very clear. What is clear, however, is that a woman in desperate circumstances tried to get help. Most of her efforts have not been successful. Her account of her suffering and the reasons for it are sometimes confusing.
Eventually, she managed to reach the United States through the United Nations. However, her attempts to gain entry have been repeatedly denied. Finally, after she went through several interviews, an immigration judge agreed that she should be allowed to enter. She had to leave her husband and return to Venezuela. How and where she did it is described in the book. She passed through the jungle in a taxi.
After surviving a plane crash, this woman arrived safely and was treated at a military hospital. The doctors and nurses who cared for her were impressed by her resilience and her desire to help others. So she decided to write her story in book form. The book was translated into English and was published in 2020. The Guardian called it “a moving and insightful read”.
This type of survivor is not uncommon in Venezuela. More than two million people have risked their lives trying to cross borders illegally. Many were picked up and sent back. One reason why they don’t make it to the United States anymore is that they spend too much or don’t have the proper documentation needed. This is a very real problem in the country today.
There are many people like this woman who lost everything in the process of risking their lives crossing the dangerous waters of the Western Hemisphere. Although the situation in Venezuela is still unclear, the people who wrote their own version of this story are helping others to do the same. They share their experience in the hope that someone will listen and not repeat the same mistake as they do. As the writer of this diary, I am sure that I did my part to provide readers with knowledge of this personal story.
When I arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, I immediately rented an apartment and looked for a job to help support myself and my family. I signed up for a number of jobs, but none of them were suitable for me. It was such a big job that I didn’t know if I could handle it. I was applying for different jobs every day. My boss at the time told me that I was an excellent survivor, but that I had to leave the country because my account was already paid in full.
I had no choice but to leave. I even thought I would die in that plane crash. I was so traumatized that I couldn’t sleep for days and had to take several antidepressants. Fortunately I was able to start all over again stronger than before. I managed to find a new job and even a new life.
I continue to connect with my friends and relatives in Venezuela. I have a new relationship with my sister-in-law. The relationship is more than that. I feel that my model here is a woman who survived, who is now leading a normal life. I want my readers to follow such a woman and make their own future.