10 months 270 Venezuelan troops go AWOL Manilatimes |World
CUCUTA, Colombia: The simple house on a street ridden with potholes in this town on Colombia’s restive border with Venezuela has become a refuge for the newly homeless 40 Venezuelan soldiers who abandoned their posts and ran for their lives. The young National Guard troops sleep on thin mats on the floor. In one room, several flak jackets rest along a wall. On a balcony, boots that got wet crossing the muddy Tachira River are set out to dry. “I was tired of people seeing me as just one more of them,” Sgt. Jorge Torres said, referring to President Nicolas ... more