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A Humanitarian Crisis

by Moisés Alzuro

I was born in Venezuela in 1992 and moved to San Miguel in 2016. Like most visitors, I fell in love with the city from the very first day. The warmth of the people, the beauty of its streets, the wide variety of artistic expressions and the Mexican food are only few of the reasons why I love this town.

I've always had great interest in art and San Miguel has given me numerous opportunities to do theater and play music with extremely talented people. I'll always be thankful to God for every single day I spend here and for so many amazing people that welcomed me and my girlfriend and let us being part of the community.

But I have to confess that it hasn't been easy for me to be away from my family and friends in Venezuela, specially when they are suffering the consequences of a humanitarian crisis. I didn't leave my country because I wanted to, but because I had to. Due to recent events in my country and the interest that has awakened in many people, I decided to write these lines to explain the basis of the crisis in my country.

A lot has been said about Venezuela in recent weeks. On the one hand, a country is shown suffering the consequences of an international economic blockade. On the other, an absolute inefficiency on the part of the government to solve the basic problems of Venezuelans is described. In any case, all the points converge in the same conclusion: chaos.

Lack of medicines and medical supplements, shortage of food and basic products, a minimum salary less than $7usd/month, the highest inflation in the world and an extremely high homicide rate are some of the challenges that Venezuelans have to face day by day.

This has been a problem that has been growing exponentially over the last two decades, specifically during the so-called "Bolivarian Revolution" created by Hugo Chávez after being elected in 1998 and which is currently guided by his successor Nicolás Maduro.

The basis of the current governmental ideology in Venezuela has been designed by the unique thought of Hugo Chávez. Even now, 5 years after his death, his work is constantly cited by his followers to guide and justify the actions that are implemented by the government. They believe that the "legacy of Chávez" is the manual that promises a prosperous nation, of social equality and development of the human being that allows guiding the whole world to an "interplanetary peace".

To carry out this plan, Chavez needed to prepare the ground in his favor by successfully controlling public agencies: the supreme court, the national assembly, the public ministries, the armed forces, the police, the electoral system, the judicial system, banking, the media, means of production, oil, among others. The closure of more than 40 radio stations, censorship of television channels, expropriation of hundreds of companies, delegation of the electoral system and other independent entities to people close to the president, exchange control over the currency, dominion over the education and health systems, command of the oil company, electrical system and creation of armed paramilitary groups are some of the factors that have caused the collapse of thousands of companies and have turned Venezuela into one of the countries with the greatest migration in the world.

Currently, the guidelines of all public institutions are controlled by Nicolás Maduro with the exception of the National Assembly. However even this institution is now held in contempt as the new National Assembly was created to obey the instructions of the government.

Still, having total control, for more than 20 years, of the country with the largest oil reserves in the world (oil reserves whose historic peak was reached in 2008), has not been enough to achieve any of the goals proposed by the supreme commander Hugo Chávez. On the contrary, the country lives its darkest days as Venezuelans struggle with their last breath, clinging to hope and faith while their voices are repressed and extinguished. Many of them will never be heard again.

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Moisés Alzuro lives with his fiancee (who is also Venezuelan) and a puppy they just adopted named Avila. He is very active in theater as producer, actor and doing tech. He enjoys composing and arranging music and plays in various venues. God and human values are his biggest inspirations to write music. He is also working on the development and expansion of Lokkal.com, replicating the platform in towns and cities throughout Mexico.

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