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Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 4, 2016, 8:41 am
hambre en Venezuela
In addition to dogs and cats, people are also killing pigeons to stave off hunger (El Nacional)

EspañolRamón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger.

People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well.

The crisis in Venezuela is worsening everyday due in part to shortages reaching 70 percent. This to go along with the world’s highest level of inflation.

The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. This Sunday, May 1, six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base.

The week before, various regions of the country saw widespread looting of shopping malls, pharmacies, supermarkets and food trucks, all while people chanted “we are hungry.”

The Venezuelan Chamber of Food (Cavidea) said many businesses only have 15 days worth of inventory. Production has been effected as a result of a shortage of raw materials, as well as exhausted national and international supply resources.

Supermarket employees confirmed food does not arrive at the same rate as it did before, and that people’s inability to get enough is a daily struggle.

Supermarkets are registered into a system in such a way that they are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. As a result, long food lines have formed all over the country, with many people reselling their share to earn an “extra income.”

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Nicaraguan President Silences Critics of Russian Tank Purchase

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 3, 2016, 2:08 pm
Daniel Ortega

EspañolNicaragua President Daniel Ortega announced this weekend that only he and army officials have the authority to address issues of national security. The message was met with surprise and worry, and was seen as an attempt to silence other members of the government who may be critical of his foreign policy decisions, as some were after Ortega purchased Russian tanks for US $80 million. Read More: Cuban Migrants Pile Up on Closed Nicaraguan Border Read More: Nicaragua Grand Canal a Road to Ruin The last public official who spoke out about the controversy was National Assembly Representative Edwin Castro, who mentioned that the tanks would be used to combat drug trafficking. "Only the President of the Republic and the Army of Nicaragua are capable of addressing issues of national security with the appropriate sensitivity," Ortega's statement said. Ortega silences his critics Executive Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policies Elvira Cuadra said it is regrettable and surprising that the Ortega administration is trying to silence voices that have opinions on topics involving the entire country. "There is a lack of reliable information, and it is inevitable that questions will come up in a public way, especially through the media," he said. // He added that this is the first time he has heard statements made in such an oppressive manner by this administration. "I have worked on national security issues for more than 20 years, and at other times the army has been open to dialogue and the discussion of sensitive topics like acquiring tanks, so this press release amazes me," he explained. "Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in Latin America, but Ortega has enough money to buy Russian tanks," US Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, President of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said on her Twitter. Fuente: La Prensa.

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