Tens of thousands who fled economic chaos in Venezuela are now homeless and vulnerable on the dangerous streets of Maicao
Axleny Machado has slept on a piece of foam outside Maicaos main bus terminal since she arrived from Venezuela a year ago. Shes one of thousands who live this way in the arid border city in La Guajira, northern Colombia, which is now struggling with the huge influx of migrants and refugees.
Machado, 24, has a small trolley she rents for 90p a day to sell cigarettes, coffee and sweets to commuters. If lucky, she makes about 4 a day enough to look after herself. She wants to leave Maicao for another Colombian city and look for opportunities, but money doesnt permit.
Since sleeping at the bus terminal, shes been robbed of her passport, clothes and phone.