Political chaos, dozens killed each day, hyperinflation, poverty, and shortages– this is Venezuela’s current situation. The country has faced endless amounts of protests over the past decade, and more specifically, within the last year. A nation rich in natural resources and home to one of the world’s largest crude oil reserves, surpassing Saudi Arabia. Yet, many have lost hope for a brighter future. Starvation and high levels of scarcity have forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee the country each day.
So, what exactly is going on? This began when former president Hugo Chavez was elected in 1999. He promised an end to the party system of government, poverty, and a socialist revolution. He engraved equality for all and became a legacy to many. However, the crisis escalated during the time of his death in 2013. President Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver, was then appointed president. Maduro soon faced protests from all around the country. Even though the economy wasn’t at its best, it began declining even more. Consumer prices are soaring and its inflation rate is expected to jump 2,349.3% in 2018 (Bloomberg, 2018).
A country full of educated citizens that are now being forced to emigrate and pick up minimum waged jobs. Children are dying due to malnutrition. People are dying. Medicine shortages have also become severe in Venezuela.
I have faith the political situation in the country will improve. Being half Venezuelan and knowing I have family living there breaks my heart. Spread the word; share articles, videos, etc., and don’t apologize for speaking in behalf for those who can’t.