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Venezuelans Are Separating Food from Waste as More People Forced to Eat from Garbage

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 1, 2017, 10:35 am
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Palmar called on Venezuelans to celebrate Lent by identifying bags where food has been discarded for those with no where else to turn. (@PadreJosePalmar)

EspañolWith no solution to the food crisis in Venezuela, some people have begun looking for new strategies to make life easier on those that have to eat trash to sustain.

Controversial Priest and opponent to President Nicolás Maduro’s administration Father Jose Palmar posted on social media this week about labeling discarded waste so those looking through it for food can do so more easily and “with dignity.”

Palmar called on Venezuelans to celebrate Lent by identifying bags where food has been discarded for those with no where else to turn. That way, they don’t have to dig through non-edible items to find it.

“Try to preserve food waste so that people who eat out of garbage cans can praise the Lord,” Palmar wrote.

The priest also recommended that people not mix leftovers with other garbage. Instead, deposit the waste in one bag, tie it and write “food” on the outside.

Since last year, several independent research organizations have said the number of people turning to garbage as a source of food has and continues to increase.

In September, social media in Venezuela was blew up after a video revealed the stark reality the country faces with food: desperate children, young people and adults rummaging in the garbage to eat.

The political crisis in Venezuela, food shortages and the decrease of Venezuelan’s purchasing power has reportedly caused more than 70 percent of its population to suffer weight loss, pushing many to eat out from the garbage left on the streets.

According to the National Survey of Living Conditions (Encovi), 3.9 percent of the population has been affected by malnutrition, while 9.6 million Venezuelans can only eat twice a day.

Source: @PadreJosePalmar

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

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

Cuban Dissident’s Daughter Demands New Investigation into Father’s Death

By: Ysol Delgado - Mar 1, 2017, 10:33 am
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EspañolCuban dissident and promoter of the "Cuba Decide" initiative Rosa María Payá requested this week that the Havana Ministry of Justice review the case of her father's death. María Payá tweeted about her visit to the Ministry of Justice while it was happening, saying she was there to ask that the cause of death of famous Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá be looked at again. https://twitter.com/RosaMariaPaya/status/836236552275693568 Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, died in a 2012 car accident, according to local media, an incident that also involved the death of activist Harold Cepero and injury to Jens Aron Modig of Sweden and Ángel Carromero of Spain. Read More: Penalosa Will Begin Bogota Metro After $5.2 Billion in Government Financing Read More: ELN Guerrilla Admits it Planted Deadly Bomb in Central Bogota The Payá has maintained since 2012 that the accident was not an unforeseen accident but rather an "attack" by Cuban State Security with the intention of getting rid of a prominent dissident. According to Carromero's statements regarding the incident and several investigations, the event looks more like a murder than an accident. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Cuba Decide" issued a press release with details of the document María Payá gave to the Ministry of Justice, which asks for a review of the sentence placing blame on Angel Carromero for the death of Oswaldo Payá and Cepero. María Payá, also President of the Latin American Youth Democracy Network, said that according to Cuban law, anyone can request a criminal review and decided to do so not only because Angel Carromero alleged that another car had intentionally hit the one he was driving, but also because the investigation violated the rules of due process by failing to consider expert evidence that could have determined if the event was provoked. The request is also addressed to the Attorney General and said: "With this procedure, the last legal possibility of discussing the case in Cuba is exhausted. By law, one of these authorities must respond within 90 days. Consequently, we remain waiting without prejudice." Source: Cubanet

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