By: Spencer Cappelli
As evening descends on downtown Caracas, supermarkets and restaurants are busy hauling out the day’s worth of garbage. Before the sanitation workers can get there, however, others arrive: men, women and children. Desperate, driven by hunger, they rifle through scraps of food waste in the hope of salvaging a meal.
“In Venezuela, corruption has penetrated to the very heart of the society.”
“Many of these government workers concede a good part of (their imported food) to their friends, who turn around and sell it at ten times its value,” said Febres in an email.
|Protesters wanting to buy basic goods in |
Photo Courtesy of Carlos Díaz via Flickr
Shoppers queue in a food line last month on
Margarita island, Venezuela.
The country has been rocked by
food and supply shortages in the wake of a
devastating economic collapse.
Photo by Antonio Torres*