Crippled by poverty and the Covid-19 pandemic, a cry for aid from a Venezuelan migrant community in Icacos, Cedros, has attracted negative reaction from locals on social media.

“Don’t come to our country,” was the response from hundreds of Trinidadians to a TV6 report that highlighted the predicament of 15 registered Venezuelan families who reside in makeshift galvanised structures along the Icacos coast.

Having fled their home country two years prior due to economic turmoil, the group last week pleaded for aid in educating their children, some of whom have been deprived of schooling for years. 

These images were captured by CCN's multimedia journalist Cindy Raghubar Teekersingh.