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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Venezuela’s decline prompts exodus

Even without money and a stable job since his arrival in Colombia in early July, Eduardo — not his real name — has regained most of the weight he had lost at home inVenezuela.

The 44-year-old systems engineer used to make $18 a month in his home town of Barquisimeto, but that was not enough to feed himself and his son given the rampant inflation and chronic scarcities of food and medicine as Venezuela sinks deeper into its economic crisis.
Since fleeing to Bogotá, Eduardo, who declined to give his name as he is still an illegal immigrant, says he has been working “on this and that while a friend helps me out. At least I can find food here. Back in Venezuela we all lacked anything to eat”. READ MORE