Already a common practice for decades, more and more residents from Caracas’s impoverished middle class are turning to the natural springs on Waraira Repano mountain for free water, due to the cost of bottled water and a strict rationing plan implemented by the government.
Overwhelmed by hardships, some Venezuelans have taken to walking the illegal trails that link Venezuela and Colombia, lugging scrap metal and other discarded material on their backs with the hope of selling them at one of the markets in Colombia.
Venezuelan citizens living near the border with Colombia plead with the government of Nicolas Maduro to allow the country to receive international humanitarian aid, including badly-needed food and medicine.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido thanks Venezuelans for continuing to fight for democracy and freedom, noting that more than 20 countries, including 15 EU members, have sided with him after he proclaimed himself interim president on January 23, setting up a tense standoff with President Nicolas Maduro. SOUNDBITE
Crisis-hit Venezuela has been plunged into turmoil since January 21, with the US and other countries backing an opposition leader’s claim to have replaced President Nicolas Maduro. The president has called for new elections while the opposition looks set on ramping up protests.
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Venezuelans who immigrated to other Latin American countries express hope that with the rise of opposition leader Juan Guaido, change will finally come to Venezuela and they will be able to return home.
Venezuelans, already reeling from unfolding political drama and economic turmoil, are worried about the impact from the latest US sanctions against the country’s national oil company.
Venezuelans react to the latest US sanctions against the country’s national oil company, which might lead to raising crude prices, as the US aims to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s power base.