Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation


NY Times:

Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

The economic collapse of recent years has left it unable to produce enough food on its own or import what it needs from abroad. Cities have been militarized under an emergency decree from President Nicolás Maduro, the man Mr. Chávez picked to carry on with his revolution before he died three years ago.“If there is no food, there will be more riots,” said Raibelis Henriquez, 19, who waited all day for bread in Cumaná, where at least 22 businesses were attacked in a single day last week.

But while the riots and clashes punctuate the country with alarm, it is the hunger that remains the constant source of unease.
A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found.
About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation.
In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself.
Ask people in this city when they last ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today.

Among them are Leidy Cordova, 37, and her five children — Abran, Deliannys, Eliannys, Milianny and Javier Luis — ages 1 to 11. On Thursday evening, the entire family had not eaten since lunchtime the day before, when Ms. Cordova made a soup by boiling chicken skin and fat that she had found for a cheap price at the butcher.
“My kids tell me they’re hungry,” Ms. Cordova said as her family looked on. “And all I can say to them is to grin and bear it.”
Other families have to choose who eats. Lucila Fonseca, 69, has lymphatic cancer, and her 45-year-old daughter, Vanessa Furtado, has a brain tumor. Despite also being ill, Ms. Furtado gives up the little food she has on many days so her mother does not skip meals.
“I used to be very fat, but no longer,” the daughter said. “We are dying as we live.”
Her mother added, “We are now living on Maduro’s diet: no food, no nothing.”


Lots of bad stuff is going on in the world - the news “trickling” out of Venezuelans starving sounds like “psst, did you hear Venezuela doesn’t have any food?” Could we please have a little more attention on this ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Facebook, Twitter, - like sending some food! We don’t need to like whoever is running their government, we don’t like who is running ours either, but we do care about people. Where is the United Nations? They cost enough $ to be in some kind of assistance to humanity, is that not even a little true?

Obama is overwhelmed with his legacy falling flat so its gonna be a do it yourself project!
Catholic charities, food without borders, somebody?


I am not well-versed on the situation in Venezuela, but I think the Maduro government has been resisting international aid. The political opposition, in contrast, have been demanding it. Sadly, the two sides are locked in a bitter stalemate.


Several South American countries are suffering under the Marxist “Pink Tide” regimes. Pray for them.


Our Father said.


If the people started to pay the so-called “black market” rate, then supplies would increase sharply.

And the prices of food would drop to the free market rate.

And the so-called “black market” would disappear.

It would take about a day.

Instead they would rather starve in order to get free food.


It is terribly tragic what is happening in Venezuela. I can remember in the 1980s, while attending college making friends with a Venezuelan. He was good fun to be around. I remember his talking about how his country had problems, but overall he felt good about his place of birth. Now, in a relatively short period of time the country is collapsing.

I hope for a speedy change and recovery for the country. I’ve read historically that typically mass starvations lead to disease breakouts. Peoples immune systems become weaker from the lack of nutrients. That is turn leads to becoming susceptible to diseases. Even if one has been vaccinated a starved person can develop diseases he/she has been vaccinated against.


IMO it seems from what has been posted, this is a dismal situation that those bigger than me need to validate the conditions and help. Our Secretary of State, supposed to be
John Kerry, runs all over the world chasing the pockets of Iran but can’t get some basic food shipped down to these suffering people? Of course not, silly me.


It took three posts this time, must be a new record. Please tell me what is particularly Marxist about Venezuela, a country where approximately 80% of the population is employed in the private sector. You should actually read some Marx, he is good. Marx didn’t just want higher rates of taxation and prices to be set on essential items. He called for an entirely different mode of production, an end to private property, capital accumulation, commodity production and wage labour. All of these things still exist in Venezuela.


A note for Monte RCMS. You can not buy anything on the black market if there is nothing to buy. I have been following the situation in Venezuewala for a while. Our news is not really paying much attention to it. Our news is all about Trump and Hillary. Coke Cola has stopped production because there is no sugar. The people are enduring constant blackouts, no running water, no medical supplies or care. The Gove. is not allowing aid and they can not buy imports. It is a near non functioning government. We should pay more attention to this as it could be us down the road.


Removing a dictator in South America was common in recent history. Don’t have a clue about the ability of the people - American people have been duped and its really a new time for the US to learn the hard way about taking things for granted.


Sounds like a dire situation and, from what I can tell, a man-made one. I wish there were something we could do for the Venezuelans.


Why are things ok in Panama and Costa Rica?


Why are things ok in South Korea but not good in North Korea?

Why are things ok in the Dominican Republic but not good in Haiti? … I mean, like, those two countries are on the same island of Hispaniola.

What are the differences and similaries of those pairs of places?


There is no money to buy stuff on the black market and no supplies to buy.

Costa Rica has no military to engage in a coup, Panama greatly profits from being a tax haven and the Panama Canal.

Haiti has a worse climate and a much worse history of being devastated by foreign powers and also by natural disasters (see the earthquake that obliterated the capital).


How is Haiti’s climate worse than the Dominican Republic’s?

And they have a similar history of earthquakes.


The mountains reduce rainfall for Haiti and increase it for the Dominican Republic.

The Earthquakes have much more affected Haiti than the Dominican Republic.


The rain and the tremors stop right at the fence.


I remember reading an article awhile back, they were speculating how fast society would crumble if an EMP was used on a US city, they said the amount of time for your otherwise friendly neighbor next door, to become desperate enough to kill you and your entire family solely for any food you have, would be about 3-4 days!!!

No matter what kind of disaster may happen, I think society would crumble just about the same way and in the same time frames, even if its a financial collapse.

Scary to think about.


Unfortunately Venezuela is just one more case of Marxist / socialist political ideology meeting its natural end. In reading reports, they have more oil than Saudi Arabia, yet the government is so broken, it can’t even make it work while sitting on a fortune of natural resources.

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