Venezuelans Under Risk of Mass Starvation

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Venezuelans Under Risk of Mass Starvation

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Jessica Townsend, Editor

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Famine has spread across Venezuela in the past few years, causing protests, violence, and starvation. Many citizens are fleeing the country after having succumbed to living as beggars. The United Nations estimated that 2 Million people will leave Venezuela this year. This disaster has been caused due to years of corruption, inflation, and poor economic management.

On January 23, Juan Guaido declared himself president, and has been accepted by most world leaders. Citizens’ protests have been met with tear gas and beatings. The Venezuelan military is not pleased either. One soldier, who is listed as anonymous for his protection, said, “if I buy a chicken, I have nothing else for the rest of the month. Meanwhile the big fishes — the senior officers — are the ones eating, getting rich, while at the bottom we have it hard.” He added that about 80% of the army is against Guaido (CNN).

Prices have risen greatly by about 4000%. A grocery basket of water, cheese, nuts, ham, and fruits costs $200. Citizens lost an average of 24 lbs in 2017 alone, and 90% of them live in poverty, a dramatic rise from the 48% in 2014 (reuters).

One citizen named Ronny summarizes the conflict: “this isn’t political, it’s survival” (CNN).

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