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Venezuela: What's Behind the Shortages?

Venezuela's opposition says the country is facing a humanitarian crisis due to lack of food and basic goods. This view has been echoed in the international media; the picture painted is one of economic collapse, with shortages leading to widespread hunger and grave risks to the population's health.

According to the opposition, Venezuela's health service is in a state of crisis, lacking vital medicine and equipment.

So is it true? teleSUR takes a closer look at what is behind the shortages.

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Role of the Private Sector

 

Critics of the Venezuelan government have repeatedly accused it of failing to take measures to deal with shortages, but an investigation by teleSUR reveals that the private sector may have siphoned off up to US$259 billion from state coffers by taking advantage of different exchange rates and failing to produce the goods they claimed they would. READ MORE

Living with the Shortages

 

teleSUR correspondent Iain Bruce investigates how everyday Venezuelans are coping with the food shortages, hour-long lines and currency speculation. For some it has helped build solidarity and led to innovative community projects. For others, it is a daily strain caused by the "economic mismanagement" of the government. READ MORE

Behind the Food Lines

 

The opposition argues the Bolivarian government allowed domestic production to collapse and relied too much on imports. Now it has less dollars to import with, that problem has turned into a crisis. But the situation is much more complex. It involves import scams, smuggling and bachaqueos. READ MORE

Venezuela's Hospitals in Crisis?

 

Shortages of solutions have been one of the main arguments of Venezuela's opposition, and the various professional medical associations aligned with it, for declaring a health emergency in the country and seeking international aid. But is this the case? teleSUR correspondent Iain Bruce investigates. READ MORE

Is Infant Mortality on the Rise?

 

teleSUR correspondent Iain Bruce visits the Concepcion Palacios Maternity Hospital to examine claims of carnage in the country's maternity hospitals. Are new-born babies dying unnecessarily in Venezuela? READ MORE

Impact on Venezuelan Women

 
Milagros Rodriguez and Maria Guarepe: “We can't let everything we've achieved slip out of our hands.”

Women have played an important role in the course of the Bolivarian revolution. Now the overriding concern is the difficulty in getting hold of key items of food. And on the ground, it is again women like Milagros who are leading the search for solutions. READ MORE

 
  • People, dressed up in boxes of hard to find products including sugar, diapers and soap, protest against the scarcity of goods.

    People, dressed up in boxes of hard to find products including sugar, diapers and soap, protest against the scarcity of goods. | Photo EFE

  • People buy food from a government-regulated store.

    People buy food from a government-regulated store. | Photo EFE

  • Thousands of Venezuelans buy food at subsidized prices as part of a government program that promotes food sovereignty.

    Thousands of Venezuelans buy food at subsidized prices as part of a government program that promotes food sovereignty. | Photo EFE

  • Supermarket sign tells customers "Only six cans of tuna per person" are allowed.

    Supermarket sign tells customers "Only six cans of tuna per person" are allowed. | Photo EFE

  • People buy food from a government-regulated store.

    People buy food from a government-regulated store. | Photo EFE

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