Imagine going to the supermarket to shopping. Suddenly you realize that your salary is not enough to buy the basic necessities, it is also said to you that you have to show your ID card to buy flour, milk, bread. Then you discover that they will give up a pack a week, whether at home you live alone or with 5 kids to feed. A situation out of our most distressing nightmares? No, it is the reality that 30 million people live in Venezuela for more than three years.
Italy also was hit by an economic crisis that seems to have no end. but in our supermarkets we are spoiled for choice: 5-6 different brands for each product, the 3 × 2 discounts for those who buy in large quantities. “In Venezuela, inflation is huge,” said Maurizio Riba, a missionary in Merida, Venezuela, since 2009. “In a year it can happen that a foodstuff increases its price by 15 times (1,500%!) And even some prices weekly. The internal production is very low, there is no flour, there is no sugar. We can buy foodstuffs just by showing an identity card and proof of residence, and then we can buy only in the area of expertise just one day a week, however, we only receive a certain amount of what arrives. Already in 2013 it was difficult to get some medicine or other things, we had to queue for food or baby nappies. ” The situation worsened a year ago: even turning all the shops of the city, some things are not and can not be purchased in the neighboring towns because residents always take precedence. It is not easy to get going. Someone goes even on the black market.
Some important drugs are not found: antiepileptics, anti-hypertensives, those for diabetes. If you hospitalized at the hospital, you have to buy them all: scalpels, sewing thread, templates for the doctor, etc. We should make a trip to Colombia and there buy the complete kit. “Some people go to Caracas or Colombia to buy things” confirms Mayra Albarran, first Venezuelan to choose the Pope John XXIII Community, “but often the positions of the guards blocking ask you the money or they confiscate what you bought, and then they sell everything at an exorbitant price.
I know a lady that was stopped by the police and wanted to kidnap nappies for her baby. So this mother broke all the nappies and threw them on the street saying: ‘If they are not for me, they are not for you’. There is so much anger in people, but there is also a lot of repression. ”
The situation leaves very few glimmers for hope. “We do not let ourselves be overcome by resignation, because we are here for the children,” said Maurizio. “Difficulties are a push to make much as possible, so much so that in a week we welcome a girl with disabilities, because she is now in a home and we could not leave her there” These are the follies (beautiful! ) mentioned by Father Oreste.