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Venezuela Is Collapsing…and The Government Is Nowhere To Be Found

Since 2015, Venezuela has been “functioning” on its last $30 billion (USD), and according to financial reports released by the country in 2017, the country now only has $10.5 billion (USD) in which $7.7 billion is invested in gold.

The crisis began over a year ago when the country began experiencing plenty of shortages in basic human necessities. The crisis in Venezuela has gotten so bad, that people have resorted to walking hundreds of miles to the Brazilian border in an effort to obtain a sustaining job. The government continues to waste money on unnecessary things like donating half a million dollars to Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration earlier this year.  

A Human Rights Watch report conducted 60 interviews with Venezuelans who say that their main goal is to leave Venezuela because of the lack of means to buy food, water, and medicine.

Venezuelan Geraldine Dhil, 32, walked 125 miles to the Brazilian city of Boa Vista, hoping to find a job there so she can buy medicine for her 13-year-old daughter, who has cancer.

Barbara Rosales, 21, was six months pregnant when she went to a Venezuelan hospital in Santa Elena de Uairén.

César Muñoz Acebe/HRW

The hospital didn’t have the medicine needed to treat her complications, so it had Rosales driven over the border with a nurse.

She gave birth in the Brazilian state of Roraima, where her baby, born weighing just 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), had to spend a month in intensive care.

Venezuelans who are living in Boa Vista are living on the street or in government-sponsored shelters set up in abandoned warehouses.

At The Border

Venezuelans are trying to flee the country at the highest rate it’s ever been, Brazil’s immigration has been backed up with asylum seekers from Venezuela, which shot up from 54 requests in 2013 to 2,595 in the first 11 months of 2016.

The highest amount of applications for asylum in the United States is coming from Venezuela as well, with 18,155 applications.

 

 

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Written by Sameer Ghai

Sameer is a 15 year old high school student living in Orange County, California. Sameer is passionate about photography, debate, and journalism. He is also the founder of this magazine. You can catch him binge-watching #RichKids of Beverly Hills, or anything on Netflix. Find him on Instagram (sameer.ghai), or Twitter (sameerghaii)

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