Venezuelan Exodus Has Brazil At A Breaking Point

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Venezuelan Exodus Has Brazil At A Breaking Point
Venezuelans stand with luggage on the border between Venezuela and Brazil, near the Brazilian city of Pacaraima, Roraima state, Brazil November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The Guardian: ‘The strain is too much’: Venezuelan exodus has Brazil at breaking point

As Brazil threatens to quit the new UN migration pact, its border-town shelters are bursting at the seams, with hundreds more arriving each day.

A short distance from the Venezuelan border, Venessa Márquez and Jesús Andrade sit in the fading light, surrounded by their possessions and waiting to hear if they’ll be given a bed at the nearby shelter – or spend their first night in Brazil sleeping on the street.

“We had to leave Venezuela. There is nothing to eat and children are dying of hunger,” says Andrade, 30, who had crossed the border into Brazil’s Roraima state that morning with Márquez and two others after an 18-hour journey from northern Puerto la Cruz.

Márquez, 22, adds: “A woman I knew went to give birth and there wasn’t even water at the hospital.”


WNU Editor: It is interesting that all the migrants quoted by The Guardian are talking about how much the miss Venezuela when it was “rich”. But there is no mention on who is to be blamed for this catastrophe. Two months ago I wrote the following, and I guess nothing has changed since ….

On a side note …. with no effective opposition coupled with years of government propaganda, most Venezuelans are not even blaming the government ….

…. a poll, by the Andres Bello University and the Ratio UCAB polling firm, says that while the Maduro regime has an approval rating of only 32 percent, about 54 percent of Venezuelans believe the regime’s narrative that the country’s hyper-inflation and food shortages are because business tycoons and merchants are hoarding products to enrich themselves.

Amazingly, only 20 percent of Venezuelans recognize the real reason behind the country’s food shortages: disastrous economic policies that prevent the private sector from selling almost anything, because, among other things, production costs are higher than price limits set by the government.

You get the government that you deserve, and in Venezuela’s case, they have it, and in spades. But they are not blaming Maduro for it.

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Venezuelan Exodus Has Brazil At A Breaking Point