Venezuela in Focus II: People expect country to move on against economic hardship

Venezuela in Focus II: People expect country to move on against economic hardship

Long lines outside shops, shortage of life essentials like toilet paper and medicine, as well as robbery and looting that may arise out of desperate needs rather than criminal impulse.
While wrestling with sagging economy, what else can the Venezuelans do except for complain?

(Soundbite) Alejandra Hernandez, Actress
“Stressful, degrading and worrying, because there is no food and there is insecurity. The people steal for food and they also steal food. They kill people for only a kilogram of flour, bread or sugar. We are in a bad way and it is worrisome.”

(Soundbite) Xiomara Castillo, Businessman
“It’s lousy. Right now Venezuelans are really going through a situation that we never thought was going to happen. Nothing can be found. There is no food. There is nothing. We are in total ruin. Venezuelans are going through a hard time.”

Striding the fortunes of the largest oil reserve in the world, Venezuela used to enjoy the gift of God without any apprehension about their livelihood.
However, over a year of declining oil price has deprived of a carefree lifestyle, and the sole dependence on the monolith industry to swap everything it needs has borne bitter fruits.

(Soundbite) Oscar Martinez, Computer Scientist
“We feel very sorry. Due to speculation, it is difficult to access properties, goods and services.”

To make things worse, drying up of reservoirs has led to shrinking electricity supply. The government evokes the creative ideas of pushing the clock forward and allowing more holidays, while expecting the rainy season to start soon in late May or June.
However, facing up the ever serious hardship, Venezuelans still yearn for a better tomorrow.

(Soundbite) Xiomara Castillo, Businessman
“Firstly I think God is the only one that can help us and support us to overcome this hardship. By thinking like this, little by little, I think we will overcome the difficulties. I have faith.”

(Soundbite) Brian Natera, Middle School Student
“I think it will be much better. I will have a better future for myself and everyone else will. I also think that from now on everything has to get better, as it should.”

A state of emergency starting on May 16 may help a little bit, but obviously not enough to well up the hole of deserted production and supply.

(Soundbite) Alejandra Hernandez, Actress
“I hope things will improve. I have a positive outlook that all this can change and improve for a better economy. The country can move forward and be recognized, so that people can live better and have jobs and food and won’t have to leave the country.”

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