So for anyone who hasn't heard of the situation in Venezuela, basically everyone is dying of starvation because of the lack of... well, everything. Literally, everyone -- infants are facing the possibility of dying so early because of starvation or illness (or a combination) and no one is able to do anything about it. Farms have been completely run down by robbers who are starving and trying to find something to survive off of. Children who are not dead are beginning to develop discolored hair and possible stunted growth, which many suspect will have a lasting effect on the current generation in Venezuela. Hopefully, this will not be the case. But if it happens I wouldn't be surprised.
Now, my bigger questions are,
- How in the hell did things even manage to escalate? I remember reading about ridiculous hyperinflation in Venezuela a few years back but I always thought things would calm down once politicians over there got their shit together. Then, I remember reading that Venezuela got hit with a tariff by the US (which seemed really bizarre to me at the time). You'd think after shit goes down that hard that the higher-ups would try to... improve the situation? Amazing how dictatorships play out.
- Why are people still defending Maduro? I guess that question is more rhetorical than anything since the police officers in the article basically spell it out... A little upsetting to know what fear can do to you, especially when you're dying (along with your fellow citizens) because of a dictator.
I hope things get better in Venezuela. I'm surprised these events aren't making the front pages of some news sites as often as I think they should, at least.
If you all don't know what's currently going on, I suggest giving the two articles a read! Not a totally full synopsis of the situation of course, but I feel like it is sufficient to make the point clear that the situation is at a critical point.
Of course, I am also not a historian nor have I been following current events in Venezuela with an intense focus so varying opinions on the situation are always welcome! I'd love to learn more about the situation from different perspectives.