How bad did Venezuela get? Among the many ways to answer that question, we can consider Fund for Peace’s Fragile State Index 2019, one of the multidisciplinary approaches that can tell the magnitude of our drama.
Venezuela needed more than four centuries to become a real country. Now, it has started dismantling again, along the petrostate and the army that used to hold it together.
I have lived for 14 years in one of the former chavista strongholds in Caracas, a low-income network of barrios with around 200,000 people, and I've seen how hardship and repression destroyed Maduro’s influence over my neighbors.
At Plaza Venezuela, the most crowded station in the Caracas Metro, three Metro lines and the people who come from an interurban train converge where all basic services are failing and a suffering mass tries to survive an everyday commute that looks like a nightmare.