Once South America’s richest country, Venezuela, is now seen suffering severe economic and political crisis leading its people to Scavenge Trash Cans for food.
Chefs and food connoisseurs around the world know Venezuela for its famous Pabellon Criollo. But now, the country is known for scavenging dumping zones for sustainability. People are seen feeding waste to their dependents and sometimes, there own hunger.
Carlos Aponte, a professor of sociology at the Central University of Venezuela, says, “We’re seeing terrible sacrifices across many sections of society.” He further adds, “A few years ago, Venezuela didn’t have the kind of extreme poverty that would drive people to eat garbage.”
Meal, Mortality, & the Math
This prolonged and acute economic crisis in Venezuela marked by drastic food shortages and hyperinflation led to an increase in child mortality to 35 percent and death of pregnant mothers to 65 within 2016 itself. In fact, this oil-rich country now leads the Latin America in malnutrition.
Despite humanitarian requests by the Catholic Church and opposition leaders, Constituent Assembly President Delsy Rodriguez is determined not to be affected. The government can see no control in mitigating the crisis driving tens of thousands of families across neighboring borders. In fact, it blames the opposition for waging an ‘economic war’ to stir unrest and dethrone President Nicolas Maduro.
Thinking how can you help? Spread the news and create awareness around food shortages and inculcate a habit among children to value every morsel of what we eat. TOS
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