As Venezuela enters its third month of street protests, the country continues to spiral down into utter chaos, as seen in recent headlines:
- Hugo Chavez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests
- Venezuelan judge murdered as street violence spirals amidst political unrest
- Venezuela: man set on fire during anti-government protests
- Venezuela opposition blasts president’s plan to rewrite constitution and delay elections
- Venezuelan government sends troops to border state to stop looting and violence
- ‘They have gas; we have excrement’: Venezuela protests take a dirty turn
- Venezuela’s infant mortality, maternity mortality and malaria cases soar
So what’s day-to-day life like for Venezuelans in their post-collapse society?
A Venezuelan reader of The Organic Prepper blog sends the following account (Note: the account has been edited for spacing and grammar; English is not her native language):
I’m a Venezuelan mom of a 1 year old baby. And we are living a war here 😔.
You can’t go outside to buy food or supplies or medication because each activity is a high risk and more with a baby. So I stay home as much as I can. There are a lot people outside trying to live normally, trying to go to work and buy foods and continue their lives. But when you are working or whatever thing you’re doing you don’t know if you will be able to come back home safe… people continue to work to get whatever miserable pay to buy some food. Everything is so expensive. Perhaps the beans and rice are affordable but still not cheap and is so hard to find food. Options are limited because of the price… you can only buy one item or two of pasta. Everything is so expensive. Perhaps the beans and rice are affordable but still not cheap and is so hard to find food.
And you have to wait in long long lines at your own risk because there are a lot of fights in this store. Imagine tons of people wanting to buy the same product. This is the worst since perhaps about 5 years now… because of scarcity.
Malls and big stores are basically alone because there are places where “colectivos” use to attack, with bombs and there is a group of about 40 men on motorcycles who have been creating chaos in the whole city. They have plenty of arms and they just go through the city shooting houses; stealing stores, people on the streets, batteries of cars, everything they want….
This situation is far worse than we ever imagined. They kill people every day and they pay mercenaries from the government because no one does nothing. The government people are also killing innocents — kids, teenagers, the youth.
We are panicking. We bought a piece of land 3 years ago, but I got pregnant and we decided to wait (on moving there). The land is a safe zone but is 5 hours from here in a very small town of 11,000 people. I live in a city with about 3 million people. At least for now the town (where our property is in) is peaceful. There is no electricity and no asphalt road, so this doesn’t sound lovely for thieves who are looking for biggest fish to catch. According to our neighbors the town is calm, nothing has happened. We need to go there as soon as possible. I am scared because what you say is also true. But in the city there are no options, at least not now. What do you think we should do? I appreciate what you recommend.
I’m sorry for my bad English. I’m trying to write this while playing with my baby.
Venezuelan houses are already bunkers. It has been like this ever since I can remember — perhaps 20 years. Every regular house is made like bunkers — pure concrete from the bottom to the walls to everything. Every house has also 2 to 3 security doors — really big and heavy ones. And on top of that we have fences and electric fences and BIG GATES.
And trust me, even that is not enough to be safe.
The army has damaged gates and has entered different houses looking for students, or rebels. Innocent people have died because they were sadly in the middle of these events. I don’t doubt that the countryside have problems too. But so far, cities are (places of) pure anarchy and madness.
There are several groups creating chaos — the army, mercenaries, thieves, and the rebels who want to kill chavismo and politics and whatever. A few days ago, they put a bomb into a propane gas distribution cargo and it blew away and this has affected every single thing. They steal cargo transporting food or gas and even fuel, so there is not much to do now.
Communities in the city are not organized since they really need to find food and basic resources. So each individual is waiting in long lines to buy a bread or a medicine or whatever they need. People don’t want to organize; they don’t see this could go like this for years. I assume that we got used to living in chaos and violence.
But the truth is most people are praying and just wishing this will pass soon, when a new president arrives.
But what if it doesn’t? Let’s be clear that we (Venezuela) have so many resources, and Canadá and USA are pulling all of the gold and minerals now so no country really cares what we are suffering as long as they can get their way.
We really feel hopeless.
Meanwhile, actor Sean Penn, who was best buds with Hugo Chavez, continues to be MIA from the Venezuela that once was the object of his praise. Penn was last seen on May 8, 2017, cavorting with another socialist Hollyweird dirt-bag Robert De Niro (see “Robert De Niro threatens violence against Trump“), at New York’s David Koch Theater.
- Venezuela has come to this: Cannibalism in prisons
- Socialist Venezuela into the abyss: people are killing pets for food
- Failed States: Puerto Rico in second day of massive blackout; Venezuelans eat garbage for food
- Let them eat cake: Venezuela gov’t celebrates dead Hugo Chavez’s birthday with $100,000 cake while the people starve
- Socialist Hugo Chavez died with a family fortune worth $2 billion
H/t FOTM‘s MCA