One of the constant criticism I’ve encountered as to why Venezuela’s shortage crisis doesn’t seem to elicit the reaction it should, is that not everybody really sees and feels the crisis. Point taken, so take a good look.

Reuters released this visually compelling piece yesterday to show the world the exact image of food shortages in Venezuela.

We all know the story of the endless lines, the bachaqueros, and the impossibility to get more than a couple of products. But what this piece does is actually show what Venezuelan families have in their cupboards. That is to say, ALL that some Venezuelan families have in their cupboards.

With the minimum wage being a fraction of what it takes to feed a family, and endless controls and regulations strangling productivity, this is the image of La Revolución.

Take a good look.

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Carlos is a Law and Liberal Arts student at Universidad Metropolitana, and a teacher of Philosophy, Entrepreneurship, and Public Speaking at Instituto Cumbres de Caracas. MetroMUNer (@MetroMUN) and VOXista (@voxistas). But really, he's just an overcompensating, failed singer-songwriter.

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    • A couple of days ago Mother got a call from a niece, asking whether she could spare some food , her ladder was empty, we are talking about a professional lady (not too long ago a manager in Polar now unemployed ) , with one grown child living in an apartment in a nice neighborhood . Mother who is very resourceful got her two packs or harina pan and one of rice with a friendly supermarket owner she knows and a chance of buying vegetables at the same store . My wife and I regularly scour the food stores arround our home and beyond every chance we get and sometimes join the Bachaquero lines to get at the regulated stuff (which is very difficult to find otherwise) . For the last month now we have found practically no essential regulated stuff in any of our searches , Of course we have some stored food stuff and a big network of family and friends who share what they find with us which allows us to remain comfortably fed. But its getting more difficult every day ……!! Not to mention how food prices rise exponentially almost from day to day, a 2lt bottle of beverage cost some 140 Bs 6 months ago , today its at 620 , a few days ago it was at 540 Bs, if this isnt hyperinflation were getting close…!!

  1. BTW, I’m glad they didn’t go to the homes of some of the people I know. Some of them have transformed entire rooms in their houses to stock up on things they are hoarding.

  2. I can’t even imagine the quagmire that must be to have to control prices on so many items specially under inflation, with complete disregard to how that affects the Venezuelans producers and the economy as a whole. Then they also have to adjust labor wages to keep up. I guess they only know who needs a wage increase after workers strikes and protest.
    Chavismo since day one has gotten away with improvising day by day, scrambling to fix all the things they keep breaking, no planing, no understanding, they just play as they go.

    It just blows my mind how these, incompetent, ignorant fools can manage to outwit the opposition for so many years!

    Apparently they only hire competent people when it comes to off-shore banking lawyers and propaganda advisors.

  3. Stunning. This is the bill for electing and re-electing the world’s most famous narcissist-populist coming due. As the lady said in the video from Maracaibo posted yesterday, nobody is listening! They are doubling down on this mess.

  4. Its a prescribed plan Dear canuck. Its not about complaining and being listened too!

    The time for figuring out where the communists were taking venezuela are gone. we are there now, and 15+ years of prep by the regime are now going to be tested.

    Meanwhile the opposition has gone form denial (no vale! no creo…) to shock. From bailoterapia to compulsive hopeful voting to FUBAR.

    Millions of dollars have been invested in cable submarino, staffing social control media labs, invading and penetrating the military and all other key institutions (including the opposition leadership), buying public manifestations control gear, tear gas, vehicles, comm equip. etc. and now they are going to use it against anyone that goes out to protest.

    The latest event in their planning, which i find cunningly evil, is directing looting against “acaparadores capitalistas malos” and finishing up the private food distribution and retail industries left.

    a comer mierda pues! a la cubana,

    • And, to finish the communing process, NM announced last week that this week he’ll decree all unused urban lands property of the State, so that they can “produce food”–we’ll see….

  5. Can anyone tell me the best way to send food from Canada to Maracaibo? I received a call from a good friend today thst they are in dire need …. any suggestions?

  6. I would like to send food to a friend in Caracas, but she is too proud to tell me what she needs. I’m guessing the best would be to send powdered milk, sugar, flour, deodorant, rice and beans? I would be happy to receive recommendations from anyone familiar with the food shortage. Also, which is the best carrier (most economic and safe)? Thank you!

  7. I mailed a package to Caracas a few months ago (sent it airmail). For a 10kg package, it cost $250 CAD. The contents of the package were worth $35. Beans, rice, flour, diapers, medicine, feminine pads, tablets to clean water, powdered milk, all are needed in Venezuela.
    I was originally concerned that the package would be stolen as soon as it arrived in Venezuela. Thankfully a family friend saw the package in the airport and drove it to it’s destination. Obviously, sharing of goods ensued.

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