Venezuela’s economic collapse has led to mass hunger in the country.
In a bombshell New York Times report, Nicholas Casey notes that, according to the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University, a whopping 87% of Venezuelans now say that they don’t have money to buy enough food.
Moreover, he reports that 72% of monthly wages are being allocated just to food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis.
And these numbers are translating into action. Casey reports that, over the last two weeks, there have been over 50 food riots, protests, and mass lootings in the country.
“During Carnival, we used to throw eggs at each other just to have some fun,” 24-year-old Gabriel Márquez told The Times. “Now an egg is like gold.”