Brazil's refugee operations cost R$265,2 million

The costs of Brazil's military operations along the border with Venezuela largely exceed the annual average cost of the Armed Forces' humanitarian aid operations in Haiti, a country devastated by the civil war and earthquakes.

Over the past 12 months, the government has spent R$265,26 million in military operations in Roraima, on the border with Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela. That is more than double the annual average spent in Haiti between 2004 and 2017. During its 13-year mission in that Caribbean country, Brazil has spent R$130 million a year.

The Defense Ministry has told the newspaper Estado de São Paulo that President Jair Bolsonaro has already suggested that the government will invest more funds in Roraima's military operation. According to the government, the complexity and scope of the mission along Venezuelan borders justify the expenditure. "This is a much more complex operation given the responsibilities we have today," said General Carlos Teixeira, who coordinates the humanitarian aid operation in Roraima.

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