The Americas Things are so bad in Venezuela that people are rationing toothpaste

GUARENAS, Venezuela — Five years ago, when Hugo Chávez was president and Venezuela was a much different place, Ana Margarita Rangel could still afford to go to the movies and the beach, or to buy the ingredients she needed to bake cakes.

Even three years ago, when the country’s economy was beginning a severe contraction, Rangel earned enough for an occasional treat such as soda or ice cream.

Now she spends everything she earns to fend off hunger. Her shoes are tattered and torn, but she cannot afford new ones. A tube of toothpaste costs half a week’s wages.

“I’ve always loved brushing my teeth before going to sleep. I mean, that’s the rule, right?” said Rangel, who lives in a hillside slum 25 miles west of Caracas, the capital, and works in a cosmetics factory down in the suburban city of Guarenas.<!–more–>

opinion: They should not be suffering for food, but that is not a fact. The fact is they are suffering and why? Did you know Venezuela has the LARGEST oil reserves. They rank number 1. So what is going on with Venezuela and do you believe it could happen in your country?

Their current president is keeping food and medicine from coming in, WHY?

“Now Maduro doesn’t want that because he says everything is perfect in Venezuela, but that’s not true, everybody knows that,” he said in a recent television interview. “And the second thing is there has to be pressure in a nice way, without trying to interfere too much. There has to be some kind of moral persuasion.”<!–more–>

Now he is asking for help concerning medicine but not food, WHY? Pray for them and pray they seek and cry out to the Lord God Almighty!

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