PALM HARBOR, Fla. — For the past two years, Ana Maria Tague has worked tirelessly in her garage, collecting and shipping supplies to Venezuela weekly through her nonprofit, Anavenusa.
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"I also send insulin. And I have to send that by air," she said.
But with all commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela suspended indefinitely, the insulin is sitting in her fridge indefinitely.
"My heart is bleeding because I'm from there and I still have friends from Venezuela," she said.
All commercial passenger flights had already been suspended by individual airlines since March.
Tague still has friends and family in Venezuela who are trying to flee the violence.
"Now they can't get out. This morning I got on the chat and they were trying to get out of Venezuela," she said.
Her older sister is included.
She says the only option right now is traveling to another country and booking a flight to the U.S. from there.
"I don't know how she's going to do it. I really don't know," she said.
But despite the travel complications, Venezuelan natives like Tague say the suspension is for the greater good.
"One way or another, those narco people will be out of there. They keep holding, but they're narrowing on the power that they have, so I agree. I agree with the U.S. government," she said.