Modern Venezuela and Wartime London; coping with shortages


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The situation is bad and getting worse. A woman runs a small luncheon restaurant that has been doing very well but now faces problems because of difficulty obtaining sufficient supplies. Milk, sugar, flour are all in short supply in her city, which is the country’s capital.

Word had made it to the cash area that some packages of sugar had been stacked on the selves after several days without, causing a mad dash

Recently while waiting in line at the supermarket check out all hell broke loose as shoppers bolted, abandoning their carts and running at break-neck speed. Was there a fire? A gas leak? Some sort of armed lunatic? No. Word had made it to the cash area that some packages of sugar had been stacked on the selves after several days without, causing a mad dash.

Were you to think this took place in London during World War Two when rationing was at its height, you’d be wrong. The troubles faced by the people in this story are current, the place is Caracas, Venezuela

She arranged to meet with her sister over the weekend, not only to catch-up on family matters but also to effect an exchange. Her sister lives in a city a mere two hours away but is unable to get coffee while the woman needs milk for her restaurant, and can’t get enough. Therefore a swap of milk for coffee took place while having a glass of wine and discussing the latest catastrophe to befall the entire country; a widespread power outage that shut businesses of all sizes for hours if not days. Sporadic cuts to electricity are common and have become a way of life, but this most recent cut affected up to 75% of the country.

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Were you to think this little narrative took place in London during or just after World War Two when rationing was at its height, you’d be wrong. The troubles faced by the people in this story are current, 2013, and the place is Caracas, Venezuela. Hard as it may be to imagine citizens of a modern country with such incredibly rich oil reserves having to deal with these hardships that resemble the conditions in England in the 1940’s they are, sadly, all too true.

I know both women. They’re not opposition propagandists, in fact they’re not political figures at all. They’re just two of millions of Venezuelans who are trying to go about their lives while enduring these shortages of basic products and services.

Logo_3DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that. a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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