But socialism will work this time, right?
The food shortage in Venezuela has been a major international dilemma for nearly a year as the prices of food skyrocket and its availability has plummeted. In fact, the shortage has gotten so extreme that citizens have lost nearly 19 pounds on average — with an even more extreme weight loss in those living in severe poverty.
With Venezuela’s recent economic disasters, a robust humanitarian disaster has came about. There is extreme shortages with food and medicine, there has been substantial increases in crime, and constant calls for President to turn in his resignation Nicolas Maduro.
Back in 2015, the percentage of people eating two or fewer meals per day was at 11.5% but went to 32.5% in 2016. Furthermore, meat and chicken — which were the top fourth and fifth foodstuffs purchased in 2015 — were passed by tubers and vegetables.
Although there are no official numbers available, veterinarians and animal activists say they are also seeing a larger number of dogs and cats being abandoned at parks, shelters, and private clinics — I guess that when a mother can’t feed her children, pets are the least of her concerns.
In order to obtain even a little bit of food, it is reported that families are liquidating their life savings in order to purchase food and stockpile.
Carmen Mendoza of Venezuela recently went to New York to visit her daughter. But also an extremely important reason for her to visit the United States was so that she could purchase toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, beans, corn flower, tuna fish, mayonnaise, and aspirin.
According to CNN, the 66 year old Mendoza went to a new Whole Foods store down the block from the residence of her daughter. In this visit, she was brought to tears after seeing fully stocked shelves and fresh fruits and vegetables, something that is no longer available in Venezuela.
This type of visit has become a recent trend for those with the means to travel to America and have family to stay with here. Last year, half a million Venezuelans came to visit the United States, many of those with similar intentions of Mendoza.