Malnutrition is Taking Venezuela Down
by lulumgomes on September 5, 2017 - 5:58pm
Venezuela is undergoing a dramatic shift that is being caused by the regime of their president, Nicolás Maduro. This crisis of malnutrition is described in an article posted on April 18th 2017, in Americas Quarterly, by Rachelle Krygier. Krygier explains that this time of “scarcity and malnutrition are a direct consequence of [the fall of the Venezuelan economy]”. The downfall of the Venezuelan economy goes way back to the government of former president Hugo Chávez (served from 1999-2013), where they relied a big part of the Venezuelan economy on oil exportation. The Chávez government assumed that the price of oil would go up, however this was far from the truth. In fact, oil prices dropped in 2014 which had a direct impact on food prices and consequently on the population eating habits. This article shows pictures of families battling daily to find food and fighting for their survival against malnutrition.
In my opinion this is a reliable source, because of several aspects. When looking at the writer, Rachelle Krygier is Venezuelan, which in this case is a good thing considering she is writing about her own country. Also, the website where this article was posted is dedicated to publishing articles about politics, business and culture in the Americas, which means that the article was not posted in a random blog. One thing that is really important when checking the reliability of a source is to see if they mention where their sources come from. Krygier’s article gives the readers various statistics in order to support her topic and these statistics are all linked to reliable sources, such as some of Venezuelans largest universities (UCAB, USB and UCV).
This crisis in Venezuela has been going on for too long and unfortunately few people are aware of it. A small way of contributing to this issue is to bring it to the attention of the world, this could lead to world leaders standing up to Maduro’s government and to organizations reaching out to help this food scarcity.
PHOTO CREDITS: AP PHOTO / ARIANA CUBILLOS