A combination of an acute socio-economic crisis and a lack of political solutions has left millions of people in Venezuela without access to food, healthcare, clean water or education.
An estimated 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and around 4 million refugees and migrants have left the country so far. Food is less available and affordable, and many people now depend on the delivery of subsidised supplies to meet their needs.
The Venezuelan health system has deteriorated rapidly over the last five years due to the exodus of healthcare staff. As many as one third of all doctors have left the country. In addition, a shortage of medicines and other resources has led to soaring prices. This lack of access to medicines and treatment has increased the risk of illness and death from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
In the midst of regional and international political narratives and attempts at peace talks, Venezuelans stuck in a crisis-stricken homeland are trying their best to survive.
Here are some of the human faces and stories behind the headlines of Venezuela’s crisis.
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