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Presiona Aqui por el version en espanol
So this post is special, because it highlights some important and horrible events that are happening in Venezuela. I already wrote this post in Spanish, but it does not do any good to English speaking readers (I do not know what I was thinking). I want to help communicate with people who are interested in the economic and governmental crisis, that is happening, and I wanted to help spread a little bit of awareness, and maybe what you could do for the awful situation in the country of Venezuela – a disaster, an economic crisis, and a battle between life and death – Survival on a daily basis. I cannot help but feel the uttermost sense of dread and sadness for the Venezuelans in and out of their own country. My heart is with all of you, and this post is for you. Nobody should have to experience what you all go through, especially in your own country. Maduro (The president/Dictator) is a terrible man that will have justice served to him one day. Alright, let’s talk about whats going on.
For the people who do not know about the crisis or for the people who have curiosity, here is some information on what is dramatically happening. In this very moment, the government is in total control of the country as a dictatorship. Nicolas Maduro is the big man with the plan – but really is controlled by other politicians and money. Corruption runs rapid.
Within the country itself we have various problems. We have food scarcity, street violence, hyperinflation, sick people, diseases spreading like the plague, people starving, insecurity with every angle that is imaginable, and people simply dying from lack of resources.
“Maduro cono e’ tu madre!” – La gente hermosa de Venezuela
Politically the government situation is a long story and is pretty deep, and if you would like me to, I will make a separate post that includes all of the political events that brought the country to this moment. Nicolas Maduro arguably provides nothing to his people. He does send small boxes of food and supplies to people who are “in need”, but is not nearly capable of helping a full family to live off of. For example, the box could include a package of noodles, and maybe a pound of flour – how are you supposed to live off of this for a month? A full family cannot possibly live off a small box provided by the government right? This leads to people fighting over food violently, people standing in lines for hours for food at bakeries, grocery stores, and other food vendors. The thing is (la vaina es), the government also controls the food imports and exports. The lack of food scarcity that prevents food from going up on the shelf to be sold limits the food consumed by the citizens of Venezuela. This results in people standing in lines for hours for something so small like a loaf of bread with the uncertainty that it will even be available! This is when you can see many people digging in the garbage to find food just to survive. Sure digging in the trash for food is a normal thing for poverty, but it should not be normal for a country as a whole to survive! Let’s add in inflation, and it gets a whole lot worse. Inflation doubles every day, and the prices literally change, so if you have money, you better spend it. The prices change every single day, and if you save your money, you lose your value. Inflation is the absolute worst.
Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, is also the murder capital of the world. The citizens lack common security in every day life, and they have to proceed in their every day life with extreme caution. It is madness, really.
So why don’t the police help? Remember, the country is full of corruption, including the police force. Any individual with just the slightest amount of power is corrupt. It is all about making the most money, and having the most power. These two concepts protect your family. Politicians, military members, and police officers are the people in power with money and power.
For example, a possible scenario is that you are driving down casually down a common street and all of a sudden, a police officer pulls you over while you are driving. Imagine that you did absolutely nothing wrong following all of the street laws, but the police officer decides to give you a fine with a high value. If you do not pay the fine, you will bring more problems – Violence, more fines, maybe even prison. The sad thing is, you cannot trust anyone while you are there. Not only are their corrupt people, but you must be extremely careful with your belongings. People will do whatever it takes to take away your valuables. If they see a phone outline in your pocket, you better be ready to give it away. People will also be violent against robberies, so it is best to leave ALL valuables at home, or hide them very well.
In addition, there are criminals that are incredibly dangerous. Thugs, gangsters, and thieves will approach you without hesitation. The government sometimes hires gang members called, Colectivos. These colectivos will receive government money, weapons, or resources in exchange for causing trouble with citizens. This may include, setting things on fire, city raids, or just killing people and causing a tremendous amount of fear to people against the government. Colectivos are especially used when the people protest against current government. A few times, the Venezuelan people filled the streets protesting the lack of food, resources, and security and they wanted to throw Maduro out of office. However, with physical retaliation from the government, after so many days of protesting, people started to lose hope and lose energy, so now things have settled down into their everyday survival lives again. It is hard to continue to protest when you lack the weapons, resources, food, and healthy people. However, even the military is lacking a nutritional diet, and sometimes we see an individual or two turn against the military which ends in prison, or death.
Venezuelans in Peru – Sending Money
In Peru, I have met many Venezuelans. When I talk to them, they always have a great smile on their face, and are always truly kind. In spite of their awful situation, they remain happy, positive, and kind. They truly have a wonderful character about themselves. Their positive attitude and mindset in life inspires me. One of the main reasons Venezuelans leave their country is to of course find a better life. The best way to do this, is to leave their own country, find work, and then send money to their families living in Venezuela. With the inflation increasing 100 percent almost daily, the Peruvian currency goes a long way in the Venezuelan economy.
Poor Venezuela has so much to tourism and for their own people too! It is a shame with everything happening. When I speak to Venezuelans, we always talk about the beautiful sandy, warm Caribbean, the bio-diverse jungle, the wonderful culture that spreads among the people, the kindness of the people, and everything else that it has to provide. My heart hurts and aches for every Venezuelan who is struggling. My heart aches for every Venezuelan who has not seen their family in months, years, or for people
who will never see them again. My heart aches for the people who have lost friends, family, and who has lost their life in the process of trying to make a change. I cannot believe a man in power is too power hungry to let innocent lives be taken away from loved ones, and I cannot believe Maduro has let people’s lives change for the worse.
One day, I will go to the country of Venezuela to learn and know all of the beauty that it has, when it has returned to a safer country full of the wonderful people that are
meant to be there. Stay strong Venezuela, I hope to help you some day in anyway I can. My heart is with you, and continue the fight.
Until next time my friends. Let me know what you think, leave a comment or give me a message.