Venezuela’s starving citizens continued their struggle to secure food and other basic necessities in recent days; with countless women “selling hair” for upwards of $100 as hyperinflation has rendered the country’s currency “nearly worthless.”
“Increasing numbers of women in poor neighborhoods are selling their hair for use in wigs and extensions as the demands of daily survival force them to abandon the kind of self-care long an obsession with a country known globally for its success in beauty pageants. Seven Miss Universe winners have been Venezuelans, as have six Miss Worlds,” reports the Associated Press.
“Some women are washing their hair with dishwashing liquid because they can’t afford to buy shampoo that costs more than the minimum monthly salary, now equivalent to just a few dollars,” adds the author.
International aid organizations believe upwards of three million residents have fled the country since the economic crisis began -roughly 10% of the entire population.
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CRISIS DEEPENS: ‘Millions’ of Venezuelans Without Water, Food, Medicine
A series of crippling blackouts are rapidly escalating Venezuela’s severe humanitarian crisis this week; with local media reporting “millions” are coping with a lack of water, food, and medical supplies across the impoverished country.
“Millions of Venezuelans were left without running water Monday amid a series of massive blackouts, forcing President Nicolas Maduro to announce electricity rationing and school closures as the government struggles to cope with a deepening economic crisis,” writes Yahoo News.
“We have small children and we aren’t able to give them a drop of water to drink,” said one resident.
“We fill up from a well near here but we don’t know if it’s drinkable. But we’re using it,” added another.
Maduro’s recent plan involves closing schools and other government-run facilities as well as “shortening” the national work day to reduce electrical demand.
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DEVELOPING: Desperate Venezuelans Turn to ‘Sewage Pipes’ for Water as Blackout Continues
Desperate Venezuelans turned to “sewage drains” and other drastic measures to obtain water Tuesday as the nation’s blackout continued to cripple the country’s infrastructure and crumbling economy.
“As Venezuela’s five-day power blackout left homes without water, Lilibeth Tejedor found herself looking for it on Monday in the last place she would have imagined – a drain pipe feeding into a river carrying sewage through the capital,” reports Reuters.
“Tejedor, 28, joined dozens of people who had flocked to the Guaire river, which snakes along the bottom of a sharp ravine alongside Caracas’ main highway, to fill up a four-gallon (15 liter) plastic container,” adds the report.
“The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” said one resident.
Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro has publicly blamed the blackout on US authorities; accusing the Trump administration of launching “electrical warfare” against his regime.
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