Colombia tries quashing tensions at migrant camp with soccer

Colombia tries quashing tensions at migrant camp with soccer
Venezuelan migrants celebrate a goal during a soccer match at their temporary camp in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. City officials organized soccer matches for migrants living in the camp, built by the city's social welfare agency to accommodate migrants who had previously been living in tents made of plastic sheets and scrap materials outside the city's bus terminal. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials are hoping to help ease tensions at a Venezuelan migrant camp with a game both new arrivals and their hosts share a passion for: soccer.

Migrants faced off against Colombian humanitarian aid workers in a tournament Wednesday, two days after sixteen Venezuelans were expelled from the camp.

Authorities had accused the group of looting supplies, destroying tents and attacking police.

Migrants have said they are frustrated with food distribution at the camp and rules that forbid cooking.

Colombia is home to over one million Venezuelans who have fled their country’s economic and humanitarian crisis.

The camp was built last week to accommodate migrants who had previously been living in tents made of plastic sheets and scrap materials outside the city’s bus terminal.