The Venezuelan Food Crisis.

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The Maduro Diet

If you didn’t know, Venezuela is going through a really rough time right now. They are experiencing a major food shortage. To combat this epidemic, President Nicolás Maduro, who has refused aid from various humanitarian organizations worldwide, put the armed forces in control of the national food system this past July.

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This put the armed forces in charge of everything from food prices to food distribution, but they didn’t stop there. They started trafficking food in and running the black market. One person tells the Associated Press, “it’s a better business than drugs.” “What we found is that the military has turned it into a racket,” said Dreier (Hannah Dreier, a correspondent for The Associated Press who is based in the South American country) adding that “they’re making money on everything from the contracts to when the food gets sold at the market.”

The military is getting rich off of this whole situation. Some believe this is a way for the President to keep the armed forces content or satisfied or paying them off. But it is not just about the money. This is how he military is keeping themselves and their families fed too.

People are mad. There are riots in the streets and protesters everywhere because they know what is going on. People are barely able to get a single meal a day. Children are dying because they are malnourished. According a survey conducted by National Survey of Living Condition, known by its Spanish initials ENCOVI, 72.7% of respondents said they lost weight in the past year, dropping an average of 19 pounds (8.7 kg).

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To fight off starvation, it has been reported that the locals have began to eat flamingos and anteaters. 

“While flamingo hunting is both illegal and uncommon in the South American nation, investigators from Zulia University in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo have noted at least 20 cases of bird carcasses being discovered with their breasts and torsos removed.” (foxnews)

It doesn’t just stop with the flamingos however. People are rummaging through trashcans to find remains to eat. They used to have this problem only with those in poverty or the mentally ill, but now it is a common practice.

We have to be grateful for all that we have because many people are not as fortunate as we are and it is our duty to help them out.

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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/09/508986586/as-venezuelan-go-hungry-the-military-is-trafficking-in-food

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-06/venezuelas-military-has-turned-its-food-crisis-racket-and-its-profiting-people

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/10/venezuelans-killing-flamingos-and-anteaters-to-stave-off-hunger-amid-mounting-food-crisis.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/americas/venezuelan-food-crisis-weight-loss/

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