Lack of food compounds health shortages
Armored military vehicle runs over Venezuelan protester
Venezuelans are suffering from severe food shortages. According to a national polling firm, the average Venezuelan living in extreme poverty last year lost nearly 19 pounds due to lack of food and skipped meals.
Supermarket shelves are often empty. Skyrocketing inflation — set to go up 720% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund — makes whatever food that’s available too expensive for many to buy.
In the face of these shortages, Venezuela has descended further into political chaos.
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Protests have raged across the country since the Supreme Court — stacked with the President’s loyalists — attempted to take away legislative power from the opposition-led National Assembly in late March.
Protesters have been met by oppressive police tactics, including one case of a tank rolling over a young man. Thirty-eight Venezuelans have died since the unrest began.