Skip to comments.Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food
Posted on 08/15/2017 8:26:26 AM PDT by grundle
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia's border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice the first full meal some have eaten in days.
An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home.
But increasingly, they are coming to eat in one of a half-dozen facilities offering struggling Venezuelans a free plate of food.
"I never thought I'd say this," said Erick Oropeza, 29, a former worker with Venezuela's Ministry of Education who recently began crossing the bridge at 4 a.m. each day. "But I'm more grateful for what Colombia has offered me in this short time than what I ever received from Venezuela my entire life."
As Venezuela's economy verges on collapse and its political upheaval worsens, cities like Cucuta along Colombia's porous, 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border with Venezuela have become firsthand witnesses to the neighboring South American nation's escalating humanitarian crisis.
According to one recent survey, about 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds (8.7 kilograms) last year.
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I know that area....hot and spooky.
With Capitalism, bread waits for people.
Airdrop food from stealth military planes. That can be Trump’s military response. Hopefully it will cause a riot.
Give them food and water, and a rifle. Areas along the borders should start cutting themselves off from Caracas. Literally. Block the roads except the ones leading out of the country and start trading and getting food from their neighbors.
Years ago I was talking with a WWII veteran of the ETO. He spent some time in the occupation. One thing he said has stuck with me;
“You’d be amazed at the things a woman will do for a can of c-rations”.
Not one word in the entire story on what caused the crisis and why the economy has collapsed. Not one word. Gotta love the AP. Still shilling for Socialism.
The southern part of Venezuela, away from the coastal cities and capital, is covered with large productive farms. It seems that after WWII large numbers of Europeans moved there and agriculture took off.
That won’t last. If the soldiers haven’t come for them yet they will soon.
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