Just over a week ago I was standing at the epicentre of what is the most underfunded refugee crisis in the world. And I have to say, witnessing the relentless human flow across the Simon Bolivar bridge connecting Venezuela and Colombia felt surreal.
I am no stranger to the experience of refugees, having stood on the beaches of Lesvos, Greece, in 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. But as much as my previous interactions with refugees might have prepared me, I couldn’t escape the initial shock at the scene on the bridge: An endless stream of humanity walking, including parents with kids in tow, everyone with only the personal belongings they could carry.
Frank Giustra is a Canadian businessman, global philanthropist, founder of Acceso, and Co-Chair of International Crisis Group.