Venezuelans are suffering chronic shortages in a country that is home to the world’s largest proven oil reserves and an enviable abundance of natural resources. Here’s how it affects people every day.
Venezuela is experiencing humanitarian and constitutional crises and its economy has spun out of control. Here we look at a typical day in the life of a junior school teacher with a bachelor’s degree working in a state school earning an average monthly salary (as of February 8, 2019) of 40,000 Bolivars (US$13 or HK$102).
Blackouts are frequent in Venezuela. In the first six months of 2018 there were 16,210 around the country. During power cuts, basic services stop, hospitals and emergency centres cannot operate normally. Without refrigeration, food starts rotting after two days. Communication networks are interrupted, mobile phones cannot be charged, there is no internet, banking is virtually impossible and ATMs are useless.
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