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Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country to escape starvation, violence, and disease. By the end of 2020, it is poised to be the largest refugee crisis in the world.
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- Venezuela’s inflation rate has skyrocketed 53 million percent since 2016
- 9 out of 10 people are trapped in starvation
- 64% of people have lost 25 lbs, on average, due to malnutrition
- 5.3 million people are expected to flee the country by the end of 2019
- Two thirds of Venezuelans have experienced either water shortages, or total loss of water. “I’ve seen crowds collect water around leaking sewage pipes to drink and bathe.”
- Doctors are saying that they are seeing an uptick in cases of diarrhea, typhoid and hepatitis A.
“I didn’t want my baby to keep crying because she was starving.”
That was the thought of Albanis, a mother of two, who decided to move to Colombia to at least give her children a meal per day.
To earn income, Albanis wakes up early every day to sell candies – but what she earns is not enough to pay the rent and buy food. “I work the whole day under the burning sun, walking, selling candies. There are good days but also days when no one even looks at you… I can’t give my kids 3 meals per day, but the church provides lunch for them and that is fresh air for me. That is the light in the middle of the darkness.” Albanis said.
Thanks to donors like you, Albanis was provided with food vouchers, cooked meals, and even medicine for her children from the local church.
Over the past 5 years, Venezuelans have seen their quality of life deteriorate to previously unthinkable levels. In this once wealthy nation, today, almost 90% of the population lives in poverty. The root cause is inflation. “Our money has turned into monopoly money.”
Starvation & Malnutrition
Hyperinflation has made the cost of food skyrocket. Hunger is wide-spread, and deaths from malnutrition is on the rise. One of the most popular items in the shops now is chicken skin, “we used to give them away for pets,” said one butcher, shaking his head. “Now people seek them out.”
The UN estimates that four million people have already left Venezuela, fleeing hyperinflation, violence and scarcity of medicine and food as the country descends deeper into catastrophic collapse. The exodus may exceed 8 million by the end of 2020, which would make it the largest migration crisis in the world.
Despite the pain, God is working. Join us along with the Peoples Church, and Living Truth Media, to help these Venezuelan families.
Watch the full documentary of the crisis here.