Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-03-15 22:41:40 UTC
Venezuela is in the midst of a massive political crisis thats rocking the
impoverished country. And now, adding insult to injury, its suffering a
nationwide blackout that has potentially led to more than 20 deaths.
Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years due to the
crippling economic downturn a crisis largely caused by Venezuelan
President Nicolás Maduros mishandling of the economy. Inflation is
through the roof. Hunger rates have skyrocketed. And diseases once thought
eradicated have sparked a health disaster.
All of this makes the Venezuela rolling blackout even more devastating.
Already, people are drinking water from the heavily polluted river in the
capital, Caracas. Long lines have formed at gas stations, which is
especially unfortunate considering that Venezuela has one of the worlds
largest oil reserves.
Since the blackout began last week, Venezuelans have remarked about how
dark and quiet everything is. You feel a profound silence all around
you, Alejandro Guzmán, a 26-year-old lawyer, told the Guardian on Sunday.
Its like a city of shadows.
Others have noted the immense tragedy of the situation. None of us have
ever lived through something like this not my generation, not my
parents, not my grandmother, Anna Ferrera, a student from Caracas told
the Guardian on Monday. They say this is like living in a war.
Here are some images showing what life in parts of Venezuela looks like
The five-day blackout has affected about 70 percent of the country, and
even plunged large cities like the capital, Caracas into darkness.
President Maduros opponents say at least 20 people have died during the
blackouts. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the US recognizes as
Venezuelas legitimate leader, said Sunday that the regime had committed
murder, partly because there is no service in the hospitals.
Venezuela is already one of the worlds most economically devastated
countries, with inflation currently more than 1 million percent. Most food
and medicine are too expensive for people to purchase. The blackout only
makes the situation worse.
The river in Caracas is heavily polluted, but its one of the only
reliable sources of flowing water during the power outage.
President Maduro says the US is to blame for the blackouts, calling it a
power war announced and directed by US imperialism, due to sanctions on
Venezuelas oil industry. Others say the lights are out because of
Maduros mismanagement of the economy.
Both Maduro and Guaidó are holding dueling rallies on Tuesday. Guaidó said
he will call a state of national emergency, while Maduro vowed to fix
the problem little by little.
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