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after three months Venezuela's government finally re opened its official border crossing with Brazil in pocket a month the closure had forced Venezuelan migrants and shoppers to take different routes and pay a price two dozen migrants told Reuters that before the border was re opened on Friday Venezuelan National Guard soldiers had been collecting bribes for passage kicked about that as a yes comment below by they wear Venezuelan uniforms that they don't have morals anymore the hot the heat to the sink , with a straight face they say you're going to have to give me twenty thousand believe ours to be able to cross , that's about twelve dollars per person to cross to avoid being off the military some migrants were forced to take long and round about trails often walking for hours with their backs on their shoulders local set the bribes were even higher for vehicles coming back into Venice Bella loaded with products such as rice and sugar a dire lack of food and medicine has pushed three point four million Venice buttons to flee their homeland since two thousand fifteen according to the United Nations many seeking refuge in Colombia and Brazil from what I guess what I'm not but in February president Nicolas Maduro had closed the border with the two countries to stop an opposition plan to bring U. S. provided aid into Venice by the soldiers who requested not to be identified told Reuters the new crew to bribe taking by military officials at border crossings and other black market activity was one reason that many troops had ignored the opposition's call to unseat Modelo