The food shortages in Venezuela have continued to worsen to the point where thousands of people are fleeing the country to Colombia if they’re able.
FOX News Latino reported:
In just 12 hours, more than 35K Venezuelans cross Colombian border to buy food, medicine
In just 12 hours, more than 35,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to buy food and medicines in the city of Cucuta, when the Venezuelan government agreed to opened border crossings for one day only.
People began crossing the Simon Bolivar international bridge at 5:00 a.m. to purchase products that are scarce in Venezuela.
“We’re from here in San Antonio (and), honestly, we don’t have any food to give our children, so I don’t think it’s fair that the border is still closed,” a Venezuelan woman told EFE in Cucuta.
The woman, who preferred to not give her name, crossed the international bridge with her husband and children ages 5 and 2.
For those without the means to leave the country, there is little choice other than standing in line for up to eight hours to get into a grocery store that’s likely almost empty.
The Associated Press posted this insane video on Twitter:
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 11, 2016
Of course, humans aren’t the only victims of this crisis. USA Today reports that abandoned pets are becoming a sadly common sight:
Pets are the latest victims of Venezuela’s economic crisis
Every day on her way to work, Angela Exposito sees more abandoned dogs along the road, discarded by owners who can no longer afford to take care of them.
Exposito, who heads Fundanimalia, a non-profit animal rescue organization, said abandoned pets have skyrocketed over the last three months as the country’s economy descends into ever-worsening chaos. Until recently, most stray dogs she saw were mutts or mixed breeds. Now she sees more purebreds, such as golden retrievers, left to forage for garbage along the Pan American Highway that passes by this industrial city of 150,000, about 50 miles west of the capital, Caracas.
Household pets are the latest casualty in a country where food and other essential goods are becoming ever scarce, inflation is rampant, looting is escalating and electric blackouts occur regularly.
Here’s a thing to remember: Do you know who’s probably not starving in Venezuela right now? Members of the politically connected class.
Socialist leaders rarely suffer like the people they rule. Strange, huh?
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