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Venezuela is a country that has been facing a severe humanitarian crisis for several years now. The problem has led to an alarming number of people fleeing their homes in search of better living conditions, resulting in widespread malnutrition, disease, and social unrest.
I’ve decided to write this post after watching the plight of #Venezuelans and their struggle to survive on Al Jazeera.
While the world sleeps, the daily hardships of the people of Venezuela continue. The gaping gulf between rich and poor widens, while parents are willing to risk their lives to provide for their families.
Political and Economic Roots of the Crisis in Venezuela
The crisis in Venezuela is rooted in a complex combination of political, economic, and social factors. The country has been under the rule of the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro since 2013, following the death of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. During Maduro’s presidency, the country has been plagued by corruption, economic mismanagement, and political repression, leading to a sharp decline in the people’s living standards.
One of the most significant consequences of the crisis has been the mass exodus of Venezuelans from their country. According to the United Nations, more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have left their homes since 2015, with the majority fleeing to neighbouring countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad, and Peru. The migration has put a significant strain on the resources of these countries, leading to tensions and social unrest.
Malnutrition and Disease: Consequences of the Crisis
The crisis has also led to widespread malnutrition and disease within Venezuela itself. The collapse of the country’s economy has made it difficult for people to access essential goods such as food, medicine, and other necessary supplies. As a result, the country has seen a rise in cases of malnutrition, particularly among children, and diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are on the rise due to the lack of access to healthcare and sanitation.
The social unrest that has resulted from the crisis has also had a significant impact on the country. The government has cracked down on dissent, with reports of political prisoners, torture, and extrajudicial killings. As a result, protests have become regular, with citizens demanding better living conditions and political change. However, the government’s response has often been violent, leading to further human rights abuses and escalating tensions.
The International Response and Urgent Need for Action
The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires urgent attention and action. First, the international community must come together to support the people of Venezuela, those who have fled their homes and those who remain in the country. This support should include the provision of aid and assistance, as well as diplomatic pressure to bring about political change.
Ultimately, the crisis in Venezuela is a stark reminder of the devastating impact that political and economic mismanagement can have on a country and its people. It is a tragedy that demands a swift and effective response, one that places the well-being of the people at the centre of any solution.
No human on this earth should have to navigate the high seas to sell commodities to feed their children.
If you want to learn about the crisis in Venezuela to determine how you can help click here or listen to this National Public Radio piece https://www.npr.org/2018/12/18/677325140/trinidad-faces-humanitarian-crisis-as-more-venezuelans-come-for-refuge