Between the brutal collapse in goods imports to pay Venezuela’s bond debt and the endless hurdles to private sector food production, there just aren’t enough of the right calories to go around. The NYT’s Nick Casey picks up the latest popular outcry from Cumaná in this article.

The article doesn’t just talk about the big story, though, it takes time to delve into the personal tragedies behind it, too:

In the refrigerator of Araselis Rodriguez and Nestor Daniel Reina, the parents of four small children, there was not even corn flour — just a few limes and some bottles of water.

The family had eaten bread for breakfast and soup for lunch made from fish that Mr. Reina had managed to catch. The family had nothing for dinner.

It has not always been clear what provokes the riots. Is it hunger alone? Or is it some larger anger that has built up in a country that has crumbled?

It’s hard to tell. But one thing is clear, social tensions will continue to rise in the coming months unless food supply is stabilized. Unfortunately, there is little to suggest that it will.

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  1. My brother in law is from Cumana, he told me El Malecon is not longer for walking around. Thats the place were people gather to fish, there is no gas for boats so they all go there to fish and get something to eat.
    It reminds me of Cuba back in the 90’s, you could find hundreds of people floating with Tripas and fishing to get something for dinner
    We are in deep shit, really really deep shit. Even if we change government tomorrow, things will get worst by the end of summer.

  2. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Nick Casey’s work since he arrived in Venezuela. In tandem with Meredith Kohut, I think they are doing some fantastic reporting.

    • I agree. They are not just staying in the best hotels, eating in the best restaurants, and reporting on what the Government or the MUD are saying. They are touring the whole country and getting the real story from the people in the streets. Obviously, that is not the whole story, but there are few reporters that have “las bolas” to do what they are doing.

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