>> Francis Montano sits on a cold pavement with her three children, all their worldly possessions stuffed into plastic bags. She's pleading with authorities to be let into a new camp for Venezuelan migrants in the Columbian capital, Bogotá.>> I do not demand anything. I do not demand food because food is obtained in the street.
I can work, I just demand a roof where I can put my children at night. Because I can work, I am not weak.>> This tent city that Montano is trying to access is the first of its kind in Bogotá, erected in a middle class residential neighborhood in the city.
So far, Colombian authorities have only established camps near the Venezuelan border, hoping that migrants would soon return home.>>
> Look, every day I ask God that no other country should go through what Venezuela is going through, and I ask God that my Venezuela gets up so that we are able to return.
It's not easy to leave a country to another and start from scratch.>> This camp was created after hundreds of poor migrants were forced by city authorities to vacate a filthy makeshift slum made of plastic tarps near Bogotá's bus terminal. The new tent city is a step up.
The gates are guarded by police and officials from the mayor's office, and only those registered from the old slum are allowed access. But migrants complain that tent facilities are still not adequate. The camp has just four shower units and ten toilets servicing 400 migrants. The 65 tents are easily flooded by rains.
Municipal authorities in Bogotá say this camp will be dismantled in mid-January, in the hopes that migrants will have found jobs and new homes. According to the United Nations, an estimated 3 million Venezuelans have fled as their oil-rich country has sunk into crisis under President Nicolas Maduro. Colombia, which has borne the brunt of the migration crisis, estimates it is sheltering 1 million Venezuelans, with some 3,000 arriving daily.