Starving Venezuelans Are Now WALKING To Colombia For Food

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The only way many Venezuelans are able to eat is to walk to neighboring Colombia for a meal.

Around 25,000 desperate Venezuelans are walking across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge daily in search of something to eat, the Associated Press reported.

“Those of us here on the border are seeing their pain,” Colombian citizen Paulina Toledo said.

Toledo volunteers at a kitchen that feeds up to 900 people at a time in Cucuta — just across the border from Venezuela.

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A Catholic shelter, the Case de Paso, serves up to 2,000 meals a day in Cucuta, AP reported. Some Venezuelans are waiting up to four hours just to eat a bowl of chicken and rice there.

Venezuelan Erick Oropeza gets up at 4 a.m. to walk to Cucuta to sell soft drinks on the street in order to buy food for his family, AP reported. Oropeza has to peddle pop because his old job at the Venezuelan Ministry of Education did not pay enough to buy food for his family.

“I never thought I’d say this,” Oropeza said. “But I’m more grateful for what Colombia has offered me in this short time than what I ever received from Venezuela my entire life.”

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Venezuela’s food shortage was deliberately created by the military, which is profiting from hunger, Al Jazeera reported.

“Lately, food is a better business than drugs,” said retired General Cliver Alcala. “The military is in charge of food management now, and they’re not going to just take that on without getting their cut.”

The military is in charge of the food supply but it refuses to import enough to feed the people, Al Jazeera reported. Instead, soldiers divert the food and sell it on the black market.

“If Venezuela paid market prices, we’d be able to double our imports and easily satisfy the country’s food needs,” retired agronomy professor Werner Gutierrez said. “Instead, people are starving.”

The only way Venezuelan grocers like Jose Campos can stock their shelves is to bribe soldiers, Al Jazeera reported.

“The military would be watching over whole bags of money,” Campos said. “They always had what I needed.”

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They’re Now Rationing Toothpaste In Venezuela

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Many Venezuelans can no longer afford to brush their teeth. A tube of toothpaste in the country now costs the equivalent of half a week’s wages for many workers because of 700 percent inflation.

Factory worker Ana Margarita Rangel is only brushing her teeth once a day because she doesn’t have enough toothpaste. Rangel’s pay has been reduced to the equivalent of $33 a month because of hyperinflation.

Prior to the crisis, she brushed her teeth in the morning and evening.

“Now I have to choose,” Rangel said of cleaning her teeth. “So I do it only in the mornings.”

Toothpaste is just one of many things Rangel is rationing or eliminating because of hyperinflation, The Washington Post reported. Meat, juice, coffee and chocolate are no longer in her family budget.

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“I don’t spend my afternoons cooking anymore, because I don’t have meat to season or vegetables to cut,” Rangel said, “and chocolate! We can’t even afford to buy a little cup of coffee on our way to work. We used to be able to have juice with our meals, I miss it so much.”

Some of the horrors of hyperinflation in Venezuela include:

  • Socialist President Nicolas Maduro raised the nation’s minimum wage by 20 percent to 250,000 strong bolivars a month on July 1. That’s the equivalent of $33 a month, meaning the average Venezuelan earns less than people in Haiti – the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, where the average income is $135 a month.
  • With the new minimum wage, a family can buy five cartons of eggs or six pounds of powdered milk.
  • 82 percent of the people in Venezuela are living below the poverty line. In 2014, 52 percent of Venezuelans were above the poverty line.
  • Security guard Romer Sarabia is feeding his family chicken feed he buys on the black market.
  • Factory worker Rainer Figueroa has stopped playing soccer and lost 24 pounds because he only eats two meals day. Figueroa went on a “diet” so kids would have enough to eat. “I can’t afford to burn calories or wear out my sneakers,” Figueroa said. Figueroa works at a diaper factory that no longer produces diapers because it cannot afford to buy raw materials.

There is one luxury Venezuelans can afford: reality television. Rangel admits she no longer gets together with her friends. Instead, she watches her favorite show from America.

“I love watching the Kardashians, because you see how people that have everything live,” Range said. “And for a moment you forget what your life is like.”

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Societal Collapse: They’re Now Jailing Bakers In This South American Country

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Societal Collapse: They’re Now Jailing Bakers In This South American Country

Operating a privately owned bakery at a profit is now a crime in one South American country. The nation’s government is seizing bakeries and jailing bakers who make anything but loaves of bread.

At least two bakeries in Venezuela have been seized and four people jailed as part of the “bread war” declared by President Nicolas Maduro, The Miami Herald reported. It is part of Maduro’s effort to end bread lines and shortages of baked goods in the country.

Maduro sent soldiers to more than 700 bakeries to enforce a rule that 90 percent of their production must be bread, not pastries or cakes, Reuters reported. A least one bakery will be run by the government for three months.

Bakeries in Venezuela can only produce French bread or white bread, with government supplied flour, under Maduro’s orders. They then must sell the bread at prices set by the government. It is also illegal to make items like brownies, sweet rolls and croissants.

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The problem is that the government is not supplying the bakeries with any flour because it cannot pay for flour or wheat, said Juan Crespo of the Industrial Flour Union, a group that represents Venezuela’s bakers.

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“The government isn’t importing enough wheat,” Crespo said. “If you don’t have wheat, you don’t have flour, and if you don’t have flour, you don’t have bread.”

Around 80 percent of Venezuela’s bakeries are out of flour, Reuters reported.

“The bakeries are showing the authorities that they have no bread inventory,” Crespo said. “The government has to see the reality.”

Venezuela has to import 120 tons of wheat a month to supply demand, but that is not happening, Crespo said. Venezuela’s government has had trouble paying many of its bills. Some news reports indicate the country has not even been able to pay the company that prints its currency.

One result of the currency crunch is food lines in Venezuelan cities, where people stand in line for hours just to buy bread. Another is food rationing, food riots and empty supermarket shelves.

“Those behind the ‘bread war’ are going to pay, and don’t let them say later it is political persecution,” Maduro said in a statement.

Many of the bakeries will have to close if they are unable to sell pastries and other high priced products, Crespo said. That means the situation might soon get far worse because of Maduro’s “solution.”

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Another Country Just Banned Most Cash; 77 Percent Of Bills Instantly Worthless

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Deadly rioting and looting erupted across a South American country over the weekend after its president declared the nation’s largest banknote worthless.

The violence began in Venezuela when people realized that Central Bank Venezuela (BCV) had no replacements for the worthless money.

“The BCV is not giving any bills or coins but a receipt saying you deposited your 100 bills,” opposition lawmaker Jose Guerra tweeted on Dec. 17.

The riots began after President Nicholas Maduro declared that the 100 bolivar note was no longer legal tender, The Latin American Herald Tribune reported. Maduro said the note had to go because it was being used by “mafias.”

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In December, India’s prime minister made 84 percent of the cash in circulation worthless when he declared that the two largest bills in circulation — the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes — were no longer legal tender.

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The 100 bolivar note in Venezuela accounted for 77 percent of the cash in circulation in Venezuela, The South China Morning Post reported. Since most Venezuelans pay for everything in cash, it meant they had no means of buying food.

New coins and bills were scheduled to be available but they never arrived. By Friday rioting had broken out in the city of Ciudad Bolivar and three mining towns, Bloomberg reported. In the town of El Callao, 115 businesses were looted and a 15-year old boy was killed. That forced the governor of Bolivar to call out the national guard.

Citizens had to use smaller bills, which are hard to use and often unavailable. The government has been paying pension benefits in 50 and 20 bolivar notes, but many people cannot find those.

“We are victims of an international sabotage so the bills, which are ready, cannot be shipped to Venezuela,” Maduro told his supporters at a rally on Saturday. The president blamed a supposed conspiracy against his nation for keeping three planes hauling the money from reaching Venezuela.

After the riots, Maduro reversed course and said the 100 bolivar bill would stay in use until Jan. 2, Bloomberg reported.

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They’re So Desperate They’re Stealing & Killing ZOO ANIMALS For Food

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Not even zoo animals are safe from the food shortages in Venezuela.

A rare black stallion was stolen from its cage at the Caricuao Zoo in the nation’s capital of Caracas, and butchered in July.

All that was left of the horse was its head and ribs, Fusion reported. Several people apparently cut the horse up at night after taking it from the cage, and zookeepers found the horse’s remains the next morning.

The horse was only the latest animal killed at the zoo. Vietnamese pigs and sheep have also been stolen from the facility. The animals are being taken because Venezuela is suffering from serious food shortages created by socialist policies and also because of a major drop in oil prices.

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Store shelves are often empty and food prices are astronomical. A dozen eggs can cost up to $208 on the black market in Caracas, Off The Grid News recently reported. Many Venezuelans have not eaten meat in months.

In fact, many of the animals are starving because there is no food for them, either.

“We have animals that have not eaten for up to 15 days, which affects their health,” Marlene Sifontes, a union leader at the zoo, told Fusion.

To make matters worse, the zoo employees lack the equipment they need to protect the animals.

“They don’t even have flashlights,” Sifontes said of zookeepers. “When workers hear something at night, they head into the dark at their own risk.”

As Off The Grid News reported earlier this summer, hungry Venezuelans also have killed dogs and cats on the streets for food.

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American Survival Radio #16

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio,  Joe and Amy Alton note the mess that Olympic Host Brazil is in, but look no further than the border to find a country in worse shape: Venezuela. After hurling insults our way for the last decade or so, the socialist country wants to re-establish diplomatic relations. We wonder if it’s because their people are starving and none too happy about it? Hear the sad story as Venezuelans wonder where their next meal is coming from. Also, summer has arrived and you’re going to be visiting lots of places that could make you seriously ill if you don’t watch out. The Altons tell you what these are, and how to stay healthy in the hot, hot sun.  Plus, a few thoughts about FBI director James Comey’s statements last week and how Hillary Clinton, probably President Hillary Clinton avoided a  trip to the Big House and cemented a trip to the White House.

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Food Riots Embroil Collapsing Venezuela — 4 Killed, Hundreds Arrested

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Food riots in Venezuela have caused four deaths and led to the arrest of up to 400 people in recent days, as the socialist South American nation continues to spiral toward societal collapse.

“We want food!” a mob chanted, blocking a major street less than two miles from the nation’s presidential palace, Reuters reported.

The country’s food shortage has forced citizens to forage for fruit off of trees and even eat dogs and cats, as Off The Grid News reported.

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Social media reported that there were several deaths during riots in Cumana, the capital of the state of Sucre. Dozens of shops were looted, Reuters added.

Authorities in Cumana banned the use of motorcycles for 72 hours, an action that makes it harder for looters to get away from police.

Looting is taking place daily, the watchdog group Venezuelan Observatory of Violence reported.

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A 17-year-old was killed when a mob attacked a Socialist Party office in the state of Merida. Many Venezuelans blame the Socialist party, and their leader President Nicolas Maduro, for the food shortages. Maduro, in turn, blames economic warfare waged by the United States for the problems.

 

Food is now being distributed by neighborhood committees controlled by the Socialist Party, AP reported. Maduro’s opponents believe the distribution is really an effort by the party to control the population.

“The looting is going to continue because there’s hunger,” Roberto Briceno Leon, director of the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, said. “The government’s response appears to be insufficient or politicized, so people are resorting to robbery.”

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How Would You Survive Hyperinflation in Venezuela?

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printing-moneyVenezuela is currently in the throes of a devastating economic collapse that was spawned by the ignorant socialist policies of the Chavez/Maduro government. Everything is falling apart there. The water system, the roads, the electrical grid, the hospital, and especially the food distribution system. Venezuelans are so desperate that they are forced to scrounge for food in dumpsters and hunt down cats and dogs. Crime is rampant as well, and the capital city of Caracas now has the highest murder rate in the world. Mobs of vigilantes are frequently seen picking up the slack of the corrupt police; that is, when they’re not busy looting grocery stores. Venezuela is practically a war zone now.

However, the worst part of this economic collapse is the rapid inflation of Venezuela’s currency. That may sound minor when compared to soaring crime rates and dumpster diving, but the diminishing status of Venezuela’s currency (the bolívar) is what enables so many of the moral and financial tragedies in that country. To one degree or another, inflation is related to every facet of Venezuela’s collapse.

In 2003 the situation was quite different. A dollar could be exchanged for 1.6 bolívars. Now the exchange rate is 172 bolívars per dollar, but that’s just the official exchange rate. That’s what you would get if you walked into a Venezuelan bank. On the black market, it would take 996 bolívars to buy a single dollar. With an inflation rate of 180% (and those are just the official numbers) Venezuela’s currency fits the definition of hyperinflation.

Considering how much damage this hyperinflation has done to the economy and the very fabric of society, it has to make you wonder. What would you do if this happened in your country? What steps could you take to survive when your money becomes worthless?

Much has already been written on the subject, and most preppers are already familiar with this sound advice: take your rapidly diminishing currency, and buy something that will at least hold its value no matter how many zeros show up on your money. The most common assets that are recommended for preserving your wealth include:

  • Precious metals
  • Cash held in other currencies
  • Land
  • Non-perishable food
  • Drugs and other medical supplies
  • Weapons and ammunition

However, I would say that what you need to survive hyperinflation is the same thing that is crucial to your survival in any disaster. You need to have the right skills, which for this scenario, would fall under two categories. First, you need to know how to do things that will help you get by when society at large is falling apart. The kind of skills that aren’t as essential when you live in a prosperous nation, such as:

  • Growing food
  • Hunting and gathering
  • First Aid
  • Car Repair
  • Self Defense
  • Bartering

And second, you need the kind of skills that will make you money no matter how bad things get. Just because hyperinflation tends to screw up society, doesn’t mean everything is going to completely grind to halt. People will still need basic goods and services, and they will still desperately want to live in a functional society, even if it’s just the shadow of a functional society. You’ll still be able to find a job.

However, just as hyperinflation diminishes the value of a currency, so to will many jobs pay less during and after a collapse. That’s not just because the money isn’t worth the same. With so much widespread poverty, everyone will be desperate to enter the job market, including the very young and the very old. In other words, the labor pool will have lots of supply and very little demand, so employers will have the economic leverage to pay their workers a pittance. However, some jobs will be able to retain some of their value, such as:

  • Just about anything to do with the medical field
  • Farming
  • Private security
  • Mechanics, plumbers, electricians, or repairmen of any kind
  • Teachers and tutors, especially if they can impart money-making skills

At the end of the day however, your skills will only get you so far depending on how long the crisis lasts. In the case of Venezuela, the situation is about as dire as it can get. Sometimes an economic collapse merely destroys any chance of prosperity for the average citizen. But in Venezuela, the economic climate hasn’t just killed prosperity. It has made it damn near impossible for anyone to survive.

So at the end of the day, the best way to survive an economic collapse is to flee the country. Everyone in your family should have their passports, and enough money to leave the country before the SHTF. In Venezuela, everyone who could leave did so a few years ago. Now most people can’t even afford to leave their city, much less the country.

Be prepared to lose most of the money you’ve spent your whole life saving, because even before the collapse occurs, the government will likely have laws in place that will prevent you from taking money out of the country. However, that may be a small price to pay in exchange for not living in hell hole where you have to eat trash to survive. Cut your losses and start a new life in a new country if you can. You’ll pat yourself on the back when your homeland collapses, because it is always better to be a poor man in a rich country, than a dead man in a poor country.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Starving Venezuelans Find Off-Grid Way To Survive Societal Collapse

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Fruit trees are no longer just a decorative plant in Venezuela; they are now the only source of food for some people.

A major food shortage that has emptied supermarket shelves and forced some in the city to eat dogs and cats has led others to forage – and some are doing it successfully.

For these Venezuelans, the primary source of food now is mango, coconut and papaya trees.

“Sometimes when there’s nothing in the fridge, I grab two mangoes,” 13-year old Juany Iznaga told Reuters. “Mangoes help a little; they fill you up.”

In recent years it was common to get the fruit only when wanting a sweet treat. Often, fruit would rot.

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Now, Venezuelans are regularly using long poles to knock mangoes and other fruit such as papayas off trees. The nation’s economy has collapsed.

“Now we can’t throw anything away, not even the skin,” Iris Garcia said of mangoes.

In fact, a black market for fruit has developed in Venezuela. As supermarket shelves empty, many people are making ends meet by selling fruit on street corners.

“This work is easier,” Josue Moreno said. Moreno quit his job at a bottled water factory to sell coconuts on the street. “Coconuts take care of themselves; you don’t have to do anything.”

When he worked at the bottled water plant, Moreno made just $7 a month on the black market rate, Reuters reported.

Another man, Adrian Vega, is eating a diet of crackers topped with mangoes.

“And by the looks of it,” he told the news service, “I’ll be eating mangoes for several more days because that’s what we have.”

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A Dozen Eggs Now Cost $142 In Venezuela (Guess How Much Milk Cost?)

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Grocery prices in crisis-ravaged Venezuela are so out of hand that a dozen eggs now cost $142 at the official government supermarket — and $208 on the black market.

And it’s not just eggs.

Cassava, a tuber root, once cost $7 per pound and now cost $41 in the store. Powdered milk cost between $104 and $139. The price for corn flour has grown from $1.3 per pound to $13 per pound, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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A bag of groceries consisting of one kilogram of rice, a kilo of sugar, and a liter of cooking oil cost Caracas resident Maria Linares $214, according to the newspaper.

“The last time we had chicken was in December,” Linares said.

She and her two children now eat nothing but eggs, cassava, butter, cornmeal patties and plantain.

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“We are feeling hunger,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do if prices keep going up.”

On paper Linares, a government employee, makes a good salary of $3,761 a month. In reality, though, the single mother makes around $38 a month, because she is paid in worthless Venezuelan government currency called bolivars, The Morning-Herald reported.

As Off The Grid News has reported, the situation is so dire that Venezuelans are now eating dogs and cats and even dog food.

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Venezuela Style Martial Law, Is It Coming to the United States?

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VenezuelaAlan Greenspan on Thursday May 26 told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US.  Former Reagan budget director David Stockman on Wednesday told Neil Cavuto the U.S. could be on the verge of a market economic collapse.

So that brings up the question what is happening in Venezuela.  Well for preppers this may very well prove to be a good primer of what can happen here.  They are already having food shortages, riots, chaos and looting.  I would not be surprised if within a few days the army is shooting the rioters and looters in the street.  Now these rioters are desperate people who are starving, they are not out stealing televisions they want food.

Supermarket shelves in Venezuela are  bare, and power shortages are so severe that government offices are now open only two days a week. The health care system has collapsed, the crime rate is one of the world’s worst, and inflation is rapidly eroding what remains of the currency’s value.

“The economy has gone from bad to worse to horrific,” said Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, part of the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based research organization. “The Venezuelan government is doing a good job of leading itself into chaos.”

Now you wonder how a country with the largest oil reserves in the world could get itself into this conditionThe socialist policies of state ownership, unfettered spending, subsidies, domestic price controls and massive government regulations are responsible.

Price controls are an interesting example.  They have been placed on food staples in an attempt to make food more available to the poor.  The problem is that the prices were less than the cost of producing the products.  As a result, manufactures quite producing these foods.  Less food was available in the government-controlled stores.  Corruption increased and food from the government-controlled stores was diverted into the black market and sold at high prices.  As a result, there is less food available for the poor.

This is the type of authoritarian socialism that we are starting to see in the United States.  If we continue on this path, we will see the same results.  Already the price of homes and many other commodities are being driven up by ridicules government regulations.  In California, the cost of building a modest home is increased by $50,000 to $100,000 in permit fees.  The proposed $15 dollar an hour minimum wage, if passed will lead to more unemployment and and more people dependent and enslaved on the government dole.

So what do we need to do to stop this?  The first thing is to vote for candidates that will oppose these policies.  But in reality, I think we are a bit too late.  So get your food storage and other preps and develop a means of producing extra food.  A little silver or gold won’t hurt.  In Venezuela, you can still buy things on the black market if you have the funds.  You may want to read a post that I wrote last month on the Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

Understand that in a martial law situation you will have lost all of your rights.  Prepare yourselves to deal with it and survive.

Howard

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‘We Are Starving. We Are Eating Dog Food And Food Meant For Farm Animals’

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Normal, Everyday People Are Now Eating DOG FOOD And GARBAGE – ‘We Are Starving’

In a horrific scene seemingly out of a movie, hungry people in Venezuela are now eating dog food, looting delivery trucks and eating garbage.

Fox News obtained a video of residents of the country’s capitol, Caracas, fighting over table scraps from restaurant trash.

“They’re ripping through garbage bags, searching for food. The government says this is not happening, but we are very hungry here in Venezuela,” an unidentified man told Fox.

Said another person, “We are starving. We are eating dog food and food meant for farm animals.”

Fox also obtained a video showing a mob of desperate people looting food delivery trucks on the highway.

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“People are starving. The last resort for them is to loot and steal rice,” a bystander who was watching the looting said. “The National Guard is here but no one is paying any attention to them at all. They’re letting it happen.”

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Caracas resident Juan Gonzalez told The Guardian that he now eats scraps once only fed to his dog. Gonzales used to buy chopped cow lung, or bofe, to feed his dog and steaks for himself.

“Now bofe is what I eat, when I can get it,” Gonzalez admitted.

Food is now so scarce that 12 percent of the Venezuelans say they are eating less than three meals a day, The Guardian reported. A survey of 4,000 Venezuelan children by the Bengoa Foundation found that 30 percent of them were malnourished.

Paula Arichiegas feeds her two-year-old daughter water mixed with corn starch, because she can no longer find milk in the stores.

“And I try to get her to sleep through the morning so I don’t have to worry about her breakfast,” Arciniegas told the newspaper.

Nor is it just food that’s scarce. The Guardian reported that Coca-Cola has stopped making its drinks in Venezuela, because it can no longer find sugar. Brewers have stopped making beer because they cannot acquire the necessary ingredients.

Some residents are also making Venezuela’s traditional dish of arepas, which are normally made of corn, from wild plants like plantain, The Guardian reported.

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Hours In Line And Then An ID And Fingerprint Scan — Just To BUY GROCERIES

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Hours In Line And Then An ID And Fingerprint Scan -- Just To BUY GROCERIES

Grocery shopping has become a nightmare for citizens in Venezuela, as consumers have to stand in line for hours to get into government-controlled markets, simply to buy small amounts of rationed goods on certain days.

Citizens even have to use their IDs — and are limited to how many times they can visit the store each week.

“There’s just unplugged display cases, flies and a bad odor,” Caracas resident Anny Valero said of her neighborhood supermarket.

The only food Valero could find was three cans of sardines, and she needed to present a government ID card and submit to a fingerprint scan to get that, National Public Radio (NPR) reported

The clerk made Valero put one can of sardines back due to rationing. Valero also had to present her son’s birth certificate to buy Pampers diapers.

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Venezuela now has the world’s highest rate of inflation (180 percent) and shortages of basic goods and electricity. The situation is made worse by low oil prices, as well as a drought that has led to a scarcity of electricity. Venezuela relies on dams for its power.

“This is such a waste of time, and we have to do it every week,” Valero told NPR. “My husband risks losing his job, because he’s here with me shopping, and on top of that we can only buy two of each item.”

Valero’s husband, Yossmy Benaventi, accompanies her to keep thieves from stealing her groceries. The only alternative to the supermarket is the black market, where gangsters charge a fortune for food.

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The streets outside of Valero’s supermarket were filled with black marketers selling eggs, fish and meat. Valero and Benaventi could have bought meat from them, but it would have cost one-fourth of his monthly salary as a mechanic.

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Many Venezuelans have found an alternative to supermarkets in the form of looting. In the city of Guarenas, a mob pillaged the Paga Poco market because of rumors there was food hidden it. There have been 166 reports of looting in Guarenas this year alone.

The Panama Post reported that mobs of people with sticks were roaming through the streets of Guarenas, trying to break into stores and steal food. Some of the rioters were chanting, “we’re hungry.”

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The rioting began after no food was delivered to markets for several days. President Nicolas Maduro responded to the violence by declaring a “state of emergency” and calling out the National Guard.

As part of the emergency, the government seized control of the Dia supermarket in Gueranas. No food has been delivered to the market for a week.

Even worse violence is now occurring in Caracas, where opposition parties organized mass rallies to protest Maduro’s socialist government. Police and soldiers closed off streets and shut down the subway to keep protestors away from the capitol building.

Instead of restoring order, the crackdown led to chaos, with protestors throwing rocks at police and troops teargassing protestors. The protestors are demanding a recall election to get rid of Maduro.

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They’re So Desperate For Food They’re Eating CATS AND DOGS Off The Street

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They’re So Desperate For Food They’re Eating CATS AND DOGS Off The Street

Citizens in one Western country are hunting pigeons, cats and even dogs for food because of an economic crisis that has emptied supermarket shelves and led to lengthy blackouts.

Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the Chacao region in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, delivered the shocking news earlier this month when news began spreading that Venezuelan soldiers were stealing goats for food.

“People hunting cats and dogs in the streets, and pigeons in the squares, to eat them,” he wrote. “This is not a joke. It is a very painful reality.”

Six of Venezuela’s officers were arrested for stealing goats to kill for meat, The Panama Post reported, after no food had been delivered to their army base.

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To make matters worse, looting of shopping malls, supermarkets, pharmacies and food trucks by mobs of hungry people is now widespread in Venezuela, The Panama Post reported. But deliveries are not being made to stores.

Pictures and videos posted on social media show that every shelf in some markets has been cleared. In the city of Puerto Cabello, a mob broke down the doors to a warehouse and pillaged bags of raw corn after workers told hungry people that they could only get small bags of flour.

“There’s no rice, no pasta, no flour,” resident Glerimar Yohan told the newspaper, La Costa, “only hunger.”

The nation is in the midst of a constitutional crisis, with President Puerto Cabello trying to hold onto power and opponents in Congress attempting to run him out of office.

Maduro has tried to end the food shortages by declaring a state of emergency and ordering the arrest of business owners whose factories are not producing food. Amnesty International has accused the president of violating human rights.

The next logical step will be for Venezuelans to flee their own country simply to eat. Some observers say the South American nation could soon experience a refugee crisis similar to the one in Europe.

“As hunger deepens, we could see more Venezuelans fleeing by land or sea,” Muchacho predicted.

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Venezuela: A Prepper’s Nightmare Come to Life

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Two years ago, Venezuela was a normal functioning nation, relatively speaking of course. It was by no means a free country, but the people still had a standard of living that was higher than most developing nations. Venezuelans could still afford the basic necessities of life, and a few luxuries too.

They could send their children to school and expect them to receive a reasonably good education, and they could go to the hospital and expect to be effectively treated with the same medical standards you’d find in a developed nation. They could go to the grocery store and buy whatever they needed, and basic government services like law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance worked fairly well. The system was far from perfect, but it worked for the most part.

However, this standard of living was a mirage. Venezuela was and still is a leftist socialist nation, and the only thing propping it up was their glut of oil reserves and $100 per barrel prices. The state owned those resources, and they provided so much wealth that even Venezuela’s highly inefficient command economy could provide everything the people needed. But socialist systems do not by their nature, respond well to shock and disruptions. They’re not flexible.

As soon as the price of oil fell, the country started crumbling rapidly. The infrastructure has fallen apart, leading to rationing of both water and electricity. Inflation is out of control. Price controls have led to shortages of basic necessities. Crime is skyrocketing, and vigilante mob violence is now commonplace. All of these trends have been building over the past two years, but they have finally reached a crescendo over the last few weeks:

  • What really kicked Venezuela’s slow motion collapse into high gear, was when their inflationary currency reached an absurd new level. At the end of April, it was reported that the government couldn’t print enough money to keep up with inflation. Their cash is printed overseas, and the central bank was so short on funds that they could no longer afford to pay the manufacturers of their cash. Venezuela literally doesn’t have enough money to buy more money.
  • The government began scheduling rolling blackouts to save energy, which eventually led to riots in some areas. President Maduro ordered all 2.6 million of the nation’s public sector employees to only work 2 days a week for the duration of May, in an effort to save electricity.
  • An autocratic regime can hold onto power for a very long time, so long as their soldiers and cops are well fed and paid. That’s certainly not the case in Venezuela, where on May 5th it was reported that 6 soldiers were arrested for stealing goats, because there was no more food in their barracks.
  • As shortages of every necessity you can imagine run rampant, many Venezuelans are now so hungry that they’ve resorted to hunting down cats, dogs, and pigeons. In their desperation, many have turned to stealing from their neighbors, which often doesn’t end well in a society teetering on the brink. One mugger was caught by a mob, beaten, and set on fire before the police could show up.
  • 5000 people reportedly stormed a grocery store after they heard that the store might have a few items that couldn’t be had elsewhere. Only a handful of police officers were on the scene to control the crowd, one of who was beaten by the mob. 2 people were killed, dozens were injured, and millions of dollars in property damage was caused. And that was just worst case seen in recent weeks in the country, which has seen countless lootings of grocery stores, pharmacies, and shopping malls.
  • Venezuela’s hospitals are turning medieval due to a lack of power and supply shortages. People are dying from easily preventable diseases, and in some cases the doctors themselves are looting the hospitals and selling expensive medical equipment on the black market. Equipment we take for granted like x-ray machines and kidney dialysis machines are in disrepair, as injured patients lay on the floor in pools of their own blood, waiting to be given a bed. Children are being hurt the most from this situation. The infant mortality rate has risen from .02% in 2012 to 2% in 2015, a hundred fold increase. It is no doubt far worse a year later.
  • The Maduro regime is beginning to crack under the pressure, as the collapse of his government rapidly approaches. A state of emergency has been extended for another 60 days as the state seizes crippled factories and arrests their owners. Maduro has claimed that the US government is threatening to overthrow him at the behest of the nation’s far right. Anonymous US officials responded by saying that they believe his regime won’t last through the summer:

In Washington, the US intelligence officials told reporters they believed a crisis was imminent.

“You can hear the ice cracking. You know there’s a crisis coming. Our pressure on this isn’t going to resolve this issue,” said one official.

Another said: “This is really not the case that the US is rooting for any outcome other than there not be an economic meltdown or social violence. There are reasons for concern that over the summer as Venezuela gives importance to payments on debt over imports that these events could spiral.”

If you’re a prepper, pay close attention to what happens next. What’s playing out in Venezuela right now is the kind of worst case scenario that many of us have been preparing for in the US. It should be very informative. It just goes to show that if you live under a corrupt authoritarian government that can’t manage its resources, all it takes is a heavy ripple in the global economy to send the whole system careening over a cliff.

I wouldn’t say the US government is in nearly as bad of shape as Venezuela’s. We have corruption, waste, and a degree of tyranny, though perhaps not on the same scale. But then again, Venezuela didn’t seem to be in very bad shape a few short years ago. Under the right circumstances, any government can collapse, and our system has many of the same vulnerabilities as theirs. All that means is that it would take a larger event to cripple our nation.

If you’re curious about what that may look like, keep your eyes on Venezuela for the next few months. They’re about to become the 21st century poster child for how easy it is for socialist pseudo democratic governments to collapse, and drag their citizens along with them. And unfortunately the differences between our system and theirs aren’t that vast.

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Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

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Food lines, they sometimes last from 5 am until well into the evening

There are always lessons to be learned from watching what goes on in other areas during crises.  For the last several years Venezuela has been having food shortages, infrastructure problems and inflation.  While this is an oil rich country, their socialistic economic policies have pushed them into a major food crisis.

Yesterday I received some information on the current food crisis in Venezuela.  Food is in short supply and very expensive when you can get it.  Supermarkets are locked into a system that controls their sales.  They are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product.  At the same time, prices are skyrocketing.

Because people are hungry, they are starting to experience looting at shopping malls, pharmacies, supermarkets and food trucks.  All the while people are chanting, “We are hungry”.  Recently six Venezuelan members of the military were arrested for stealing goats, the Fort Manaure military base was out of food.

Hunting dogs, cats and pigeons is common.  Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said “the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food”.

Many families have had to cut down to just one or two meals a day. Victoria Mata said: “We are eating less because you can’t find the foods and when they appear, the queues are hellish and we cannot buy. Now we do not eat three meals, we are eating two meals a day, if we have them.”

These are hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine and that they do not have enough water or electricity.  The situation is now starting to turn violent with demonstrations and looting.  This has resulted in some vigilante justice.  An alleged thief in Caracas, Venezuela, was beaten up and burned alive in the street.

People are eating anything that is edible including garbage and wild plants.  During this type of situation a good food storage, knowledge of how to forage for wild foods and a good garden would make all the difference.  But don’t forget you need to protect it from others.  The best ways is to have it hidden and not to have to use violence.

Learn from the example that we see occurring in other countries.  But keep in mind cultural differences; on the whole the Venezuelans are not as spoiled as Americans and can probably handled their food crisis better than we would handle one.

Howard

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2-Day Work Week Mandated After Desperate Country Runs Out Of Electricity

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2-Day Work Week Mandated After Desperate Country Runs Out Of Electricity

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Venezuela’s president has ordered government workers to work only two days a week in order to conserve power and to prevent blackouts.

The order means that government offices in the South America nation will be closed five days a week for next few weeks – giving workers a five-day weekend.

“The public sector will work Monday and Tuesday while we go through these critical and extreme weeks where we are doing everything to save Guri,” President Nicolas Maduro said.

Guri is a reservoir that supplies a hydroelectric dam; water levels in the reservoir are so low that power cannot be generated to the levels that are needed. Guri supplies about 75 percent of the electricity to Venezuela’s capital of Caracas.

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Maduro also ordered all schools in the nation to close on Fridays in an effort to limit electricity use. The president is trying to maintain what he calls social peace in order to keep blackouts from sparking riots that could end his government.

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The two-day work week is only Maduro’s latest effort to reduce electricity use. Many Venezuelans have been experiencing rolling pre-programmed blackouts deliberately created by the government in another effort to save the country’s ailing power grid, Bloomberg reported. In an earlier effort to save the grid, Maduro ordered clocks moved forward half an hour to save daylight.

Venezuela’s electric gird is breaking down because the nation is simply out of money, primarily because oil prices are too low to support Maduro’s socialist policies, Value Walk reported. The nation is also experiencing hyperinflation. Some Venezuelans are now using wheelbarrows of money to pay for basic goods like groceries.

The largest bill in Venezuela, the 100 bolivar note, will now pay for one loose cigarette, Bloomberg reported.

Maduro has another plan to get the lights back on in Venezuela. He is asking the United Nations for public works construction help to get the grid back up and running, Bloomberg reported.

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This Is What Happens When A Country Simply Runs Out Of Food

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This Is What Happens When A Country Simply Runs Out Of Food

The nightmare of empty supermarket shelves and long lines to buy food has come true in one South American country. News reports out of Venezuela indicate that the country’s citizens are now standing in line for six hours or more, waiting to buy basic staples such as milk, flour and cooking oil.

Things have gotten so bad that President Nicolas Maduro is telling Venezuelans to grow gardens and raise chickens to feed themselves. Maduro has even formed a Ministry of Urban Farming to promote gardening.

“Cilia and I have 60 laying hens,” Maduro boasted in a speech, referencing his wife. “We produce everything we eat.”

Citizens are following Maduro’s call for self-reliance.

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Josefina Requena, who lives in the nation’s capital, told NPR she walks to a local mountain to get dirt so she can plant vegetables.

“All my life, I’ve loved to plant all sorts of plants,” Requena said. “But over the past two years, things have become much more difficult, so I am taking gardening a little more seriously.”

This Is What Happens When A Country Simply Runs Out Of FoodVenezuela is facing complete economic collapse because of the fall in oil prices and a political crisis. One of the major causes of the food shortage is hyperinflation.

Venezuela’s current rate of inflation is 141 percent, and the International Monetary Fund predicts it will hit 720 percent later this year, the BBC reported. Venezuela gets most of its income from oil.

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Politics is also playing a role. Maduro blames the opposition for waging an economic war against him. In turn, the opposition blames Maduro himself and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, for the catastrophe.

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“At least one in 10 people is eating two meals a day or less,” Phil Gunson, of the International Crisis Group, said of Venezuela. “There isn’t starvation. We are not talking about famine. But we are talking about malnutrition, particularly in the case of children.”

Gunson, though, said it will get only worse.

The opposition has declared a nutrition emergency, while Maduro has declared a food emergency.

In August there was a riot at a supermarket over bags of flour which ended in the death of one man shot by the National Guard. The Guard is a paramilitary police force.

Maduro has tried to hide the extent of the food shortage by banning the use of phones and cameras in supermarkets, DiarioLasAmericas.com reported.

Farmers, too, are experiencing major shortages.

“There is nothing — just like there’s no food, there are no seeds, no herbicides … and no medicines to vaccinate farm animals,” Vicente Perez, director of a farm organization called FEDEAGRO, told NPR.

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‘Plant A Garden,’ Leaders Urge As Country Runs Out Of Food

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This Is What Happens When A Country Simply Runs Out Of Food

The nightmare of empty supermarket shelves and long lines to buy food has come true in one South American country. News reports out of Venezuela indicate that the country’s citizens are now standing in line for six hours or more, waiting to buy basic staples such as milk, flour and cooking oil.

Things have gotten so bad that President Nicolas Maduro is telling Venezuelans to grow gardens and raise chickens to feed themselves. Maduro has even formed a Ministry of Urban Farming to promote gardening.

“Cilia and I have 60 laying hens,” Maduro boasted in a speech, referencing his wife. “We produce everything we eat.”

Citizens are following Maduro’s call for self-reliance.

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Josefina Requena, who lives in the nation’s capital, told NPR she walks to a local mountain to get dirt so she can plant vegetables.

“All my life, I’ve loved to plant all sorts of plants,” Requena said. “But over the past two years, things have become much more difficult, so I am taking gardening a little more seriously.”

This Is What Happens When A Country Simply Runs Out Of FoodVenezuela is facing complete economic collapse because of the fall in oil prices and a political crisis. One of the major causes of the food shortage is hyperinflation.

Venezuela’s current rate of inflation is 141 percent, and the International Monetary Fund predicts it will hit 720 percent later this year, the BBC reported. Venezuela gets most of its income from oil.

There’s no Seeds for Farmers

Politics is also playing a role. Maduro blames the opposition for waging an economic war against him. In turn, the opposition blames Maduro himself and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, for the catastrophe.

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“At least one in 10 people is eating two meals a day or less,” Phil Gunson, of the International Crisis Group, said of Venezuela. “There isn’t starvation. We are not talking about famine. But we are talking about malnutrition, particularly in the case of children.”

Gunson, though, said it will get only worse.

The opposition has declared a nutrition emergency, while Maduro has declared a food emergency.

In August there was a riot at a supermarket over bags of flour which ended in the death of one man shot by the National Guard. The Guard is a paramilitary police force.

Maduro has tried to hide the extent of the food shortage by banning the use of phones and cameras in supermarkets, DiarioLasAmericas.com reported.

Farmers, too, are experiencing major shortages.

“There is nothing — just like there’s no food, there are no seeds, no herbicides … and no medicines to vaccinate farm animals,” Vicente Perez, director of a farm organization called FEDEAGRO, told NPR.

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“No Bread” – This Is What Happens When Your Economic And Monetary Systems Collapse

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

While Americans still enjoy easy access to basic necessities like food and medicine, the last several years have shown us just how bad things can get when it all hits the fan.

When the country of Greece collapsed in 2012 we highlighted the desperate situation faced by its millions of residents:

With untold billions in private and public sector debt, the situation in Greece (and other debt laden European countries like Spain and Italy) has devolved to such an extent that some EU member nations are mobilizing their military personnel in preparation for full spectrum meltdown across the entire region.

Jobs are so scarce that many have been forced into underground barter economies and family farming to make ends meet. From massive austerity spending cuts that have torn to shreds the government social safety net, to shortages in critical life saving medicines and the…

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Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: 20 Steps: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Prepper, 101 Frugal Items You Need For Survival, Thinking of Starting a Prepper Network? Think Again!, DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket, How Dependent Are You On Electricity?, & 15 More Monday Mania – 2.29.2016 It is officially the last 29th of February until 2020! I … Continue reading Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

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Global Collapse: Are EU, Venezuela, and USA Crashing?

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Monday Mania – 2.22.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: 4 Steps to True Freedom and Independence, China Buying US Farmland and The Lesson of Hengist and Vortigern, The Role of Religion in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Food Freedom: Backyard Strategies You Can Try Today, & 14 More Monday Mania – 2.22.2016 It seems hard to believe that it … Continue reading Monday Mania – 2.22.2016

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Survival Saturday: Should You Really Be Worried About Zika?

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This week’s Survival Saturday discusses whether the Zika virus is the next terrifying pandemic, the national war on homeschooling families, some throwback government propaganda, and the tragic repercussions of a … Read the rest

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Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like

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Venezuela is out of food.

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government … Read the rest

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