Venezuela is Struggling
The circumstances in Venezuela have pushed everyone to resort to certain measures. Everyone is struggling, including the soldiers to support themselves.
According to the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional website http://www.el-nacional.com/sucesos/funcionarios-Ejercito-detenidos-robar-chivos_0_839916099.html#.Vyc_M7gDY9k.twitter, six Venezuelan military members were apprehended by local authorities for goat theft this past weekend. The soldiers were thought to have confessed to stealing the goats for eating purposes since the food supply was empty in their barracks.
“It’s not a good sign when your military doesn’t have enough food, and when the military has been relegated to guarding and protecting food lines,” replied Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “This is endemic of the problems going on across the country.”
“Venezuela has to the extreme been hit by devastating food supply shortages, an inflation rate of about 181 percent and a collapse in the price of its most prized export, oil” replied Jose Manuel Gonzalez, a licensed doctor in Venezuela .
Oil prices have dropped to more than 25 percent in the past year, despite a jump from their February low numbers. This has caused Venezuela’s current detrimental situation. The painful struggle is expected by Manuel Gonzalez to remain in Venezuela for quite some time.