Venezuelans vote over land in Guyana – level 1

07-12-2023 07:00

There is a referendum in Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro supports this referendum. It is about a territory in Guyana.

The Essequibo River territory is near the border with Venezuela. Some people believe that there is oil in the ground. Venezuela wants this area. The International Court of Justice does not say no to the referendum. But the court asks both countries not to make the problem even worse. Maduro wants to see if people like his government. People will choose a new president in 2024.

Guyana does not agree with the referendum. Maduro asks people to say yes to the referendum. Many people hope to get back land which, they think belongs, to them.

Difficult words: referendum (when people vote about a specific problem), territory (a piece of land),  border (the line between two countries).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What is the significance of the Essequibo River territory and the referendum for both Venezuela and Guyana?


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