Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms — you name it they've run out of it.
In the last two years Venezuela has experienced the kind of implosion that hardly ever occurs in a middle-income country like it outside of war.
Mortality rates are skyrocketing; one public service after another is collapsing; triple-digit inflation has left more than 70 percent of the population in poverty; an unmanageable crime wave keeps people locked indoors at night; shoppers have to stand in line for hours to buy food; babies die in large numbers for lack of simple, inexpensive medicines and equipment in hospitals, as do the elderly and those suffering from chronic illnesses.
It came to the point that people in Venezuela are being sent to jail, simply because they stole toilet paper, which has soared in price in the black market.
The blame for all this lies on president Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez.
Their "socialist revolution" has caused breathtaking propensity for mismanagement (the government plowed state money arbitrarily into foolish investments); institutional destruction (as Chavez and then Maduro became more authoritarian and crippled the country’s democratic institutions); nonsense policy-making (like price and currency controls); and plain thievery (as corruption has proliferated among unaccountable officials and their friends and families).
All of that became apparent the moment the country entered hard times.
The combination of low oil prices (Venezuela's economy is based on oil exports) and the "El nino" caused drought and exposed how badly the Maduro/Chavez socialist regime has managed the country, leaving its citizens facing regular shortages of food, water, medicine power and basically almost anything needed for a decent life.
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