In Venezuela 87 Out Of 100 Don’t Have Enough Food
The situation in Venezuela is dire and that’s putting it lightly.
Men, women and children are starving with no end in sight. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that socialism is the root problem as the PanAm Post reports:
The widespread shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela are so dire that they can only be compared to that of countries living post-wars periods. But Venezuela is in no war, unless you believe President Nicolás Maduro’s scapegoat rhetoric.
According to 2015 data, 87 out of every 100 Venezuelans don’t have enough money for food.
This year’s situation is even scarier; over 13 percent of Venezuelans could only eat once or twice a day. And according to studies, in the state of Miranda, next to the capital Caracas, 30 percent of children and up to half of teachers skip at least one meal.
Many Venezuelan children skip classes altogether if no free lunch is served at school, for in many cases that’s the only meal they will have that day.
Never forget food will always be a weapon…
Scarcity and violence has become the Maduro administration’s new tool of social control for three reasons:
- It weakens free will
- It keeps people focused on surviving
- It generates rivalry and resentment, decreasing empathy
Susana Rafalli, a nutritionist with Fundación Bengoa and who has had social work in several countries of Central America, said the government is violating all four aspects of the right to a proper nutrition as guaranteed by a United Nations treaty signed by Venezuela:
- Availability (violated by scarcity)
- Accessibility (inflation has eroded Venezuela’s purchasing power and the government has a monopoly on food distribution)
- Adaptability (Venezuelans have altered their diets and must find replacements for products that are scarce)
- Acceptability (the available food is of lower nutritional content, quality and standards)
“The UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is waiting for us to make a report on the subject. We just might”, concluded Rafalli.
In the meanwhile, Ramírez quotes José Virtuoso, the Salesian priest and president of the Andrés Bello Catholic University:
The government has declared war on Venezuelan society. Society now swings between chaos and the titanic effort to survive… To save our brothers is an inescapable duty.
Perhaps Venezuela is at war after all. It’s a country where a regime fights its own starving, terrified citizens.
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