Venezuelan Family In Jacksonville Prays For Peace Back Home

Wednesday marked one month since deadly protests against the Venezuelan government broke out and a group of people in Jacksonville with family still in the South American country--- hope the violence will stop.

The Sulbaran family makes up a small group of Venezuelans in Jacksonville very concerned about the deadly violence.

They say they have many concerns about their family's home country where protests have grown to overthrow the president who took over after the death of Hugo Chavez last year.

Victoria Flores is just 16-years-old but created a moving video for her class at Northside High School. She says, "Because most of us only know what's going on in the U.S. Us teenagers don't really watch the news. I honestly don't even watch the news, but since it's like happening to my family, I'm aware of like what's going on and so hopefully it just creates more awareness for others."

Victoria's video shows the dire conditions in Venezuela, but her mother Alejandra Sulbaran remembers better times growing up there. She says, "It was considered one of the happiest countries to begin with. Everyone is always in a good mood, in a party mood everyone loves each other."

Most of Sulbaran's extended family still lives there and keeps her informed because outside news media has been banned by the government. They say it's being run like a Communist country, even though President Nicholas Maduro says it is a well run Democracy.

Alejandra says, "When you go to supermarkets you have to wait in lines and you could be in line four-hours just to buy basic needs: milk, sugar, flour because it's our main food and even necessities like toilet paper, soap, they can't find it at times"

The Sulbaran family has traveled to Raleigh for peaceful rallies to raise awareness about the situation in Venezuela and want to march in Jacksonville.

A Facebook page is set up in Spanish for people interested called "Venezuela in Jacksonville, North Carolina."