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A Look at Life in Venezuela

A Look at Life in Venezuela
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Julieres Acevedo hugs the coffin holding her 4-year-old son Joshue the day after he died during his wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Joshue, who had leukemia, died while waiting for a bone marrow transplant. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Julieres Acevedo hugs the coffin holding her 4-year-old son Joshue the day after he died during his wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Joshue, who had leukemia, died while waiting for a bone marrow transplant. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Toys adorn the coffin of 4-year-old Joshue Acevedo the day after he died during his wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Toys adorn the coffin of 4-year-old Joshue Acevedo the day after he died during his wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Gineth Gil visits the tomb of her 9-year-old daughter Jeannys Herrera at the South in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, November 11, 2021. The 9-year-old died three months ago after about two years of waiting for a kidney transplant. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Gineth Gil visits the tomb of her 9-year-old daughter Jeannys Herrera at the South in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, November 11, 2021. The 9-year-old died three months ago after about two years of waiting for a kidney transplant. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Angel Cespedes is carried by his brother Eliecer to their home after both Angel and their mother, Yohelys Cespede, return from receiving their dialysis treatments, in Valles del Tuy on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, November 8, 2021. Angel has relied on dialysis since he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2017. Except for a few charity-aided cases, poor Venezuelan children have not received organ or bone marrow transplants since 2017. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Angel Cespedes is carried by his brother Eliecer to their home after both Angel and their mother, Yohelys Cespede, return from receiving their dialysis treatments, in Valles del Tuy on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, November 8, 2021. Angel has relied on dialysis since he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2017. Except for a few charity-aided cases, poor Venezuelan children have not received organ or bone marrow transplants since 2017. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Darcy Sanchez from the Manak-Kru Indigenous community who is a candidate for mayor of the Sabana Grande, with the Fuerza Vecinal party, speaks during an interview in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Regional elections will be held on Nov. 21 for governors, mayors and municipal councils. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Darcy Sanchez from the Manak-Kru Indigenous community who is a candidate for mayor of the Sabana Grande, with the Fuerza Vecinal party, speaks during an interview in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Regional elections will be held on Nov. 21 for governors, mayors and municipal councils. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Supporters take part in a closing campaign rally for Sucre mayoral candidate Andres “Chola” Schloeter, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, November 18, 2021. Regional elections will be held on Nov. 21 for governors, mayors and municipal councils. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Supporters take part in a closing campaign rally for Sucre mayoral candidate Andres “Chola” Schloeter, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, November 18, 2021. Regional elections will be held on Nov. 21 for governors, mayors and municipal councils. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Opposition leader Juan Guaido is seen on the screen of a cell phone inside a plastic bottle hold it steady as he speaks to the press in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, November 22, 2021, the day after regional elections. Under the scrutiny of international observers, Venezuelans cast ballots for thousands of local races in elections that for the first time in four years included major opposition participation. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Opposition leader Juan Guaido is seen on the screen of a cell phone inside a plastic bottle hold it steady as he speaks to the press in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, November 22, 2021, the day after regional elections. Under the scrutiny of international observers, Venezuelans cast ballots for thousands of local races in elections that for the first time in four years included major opposition participation. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Soldiers arrive to vote during regional elections, at a polling station in the Fermin Toro school in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, November 21, 2021. Venezuelans go to the polls to elect state governors and other local officials. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Soldiers arrive to vote during regional elections, at a polling station in the Fermin Toro school in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, November 21, 2021. Venezuelans go to the polls to elect state governors and other local officials. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A woman performs during the mobilizations to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Caracas, Venezuela on 25 November 2021. Thousands of women around the world mobilize this 25 November during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a social problem that permeates all societies and affects women and girls all over the planet. (Photo by Miguel Gutierrez//EPA/EFE)

A woman performs during the mobilizations to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Caracas, Venezuela on 25 November 2021. Thousands of women around the world mobilize this 25 November during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a social problem that permeates all societies and affects women and girls all over the planet. (Photo by Miguel Gutierrez//EPA/EFE)

A man walks past a mural with an image of a ballot being cast and the words in Spanish “Electoral Power”, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered a repeat election for the governorship of Barinas, the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez, excluding the opposition candidate Adolfo Superlano, who was emerging as the winner of the Nov. 21, regional election. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A man walks past a mural with an image of a ballot being cast and the words in Spanish “Electoral Power”, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered a repeat election for the governorship of Barinas, the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez, excluding the opposition candidate Adolfo Superlano, who was emerging as the winner of the Nov. 21, regional election. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A woman walks with a baby in her arms on a crowed street in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A woman walks with a baby in her arms on a crowed street in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A mural depicting late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez adorns a wall at his home town Sabaneta, in Barinas state in Venezuela, Sunday, December 5, 2021. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named Former foreign minister Jorge Arreaza via a livestream as the ruling party's candidate to the gubernatorial race for Barinas State. The announcement came less than a week after the country's highest court disqualified opposition candidate Freddy Superlano for the governorship of Barinas as he was leading the vote count, a move that has become emblematic of what the opposition says are unfair election conditions. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

A mural depicting late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez adorns a wall at his home town Sabaneta, in Barinas state in Venezuela, Sunday, December 5, 2021. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named Former foreign minister Jorge Arreaza via a livestream as the ruling party’s candidate to the gubernatorial race for Barinas State. The announcement came less than a week after the country’s highest court disqualified opposition candidate Freddy Superlano for the governorship of Barinas as he was leading the vote count, a move that has become emblematic of what the opposition says are unfair election conditions. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Julio Alvarez brews coffee at the kitchen of his farm in the outskirts of Barinas, Venezuela, Sunday, December 5, 2021. Alvarez hasn't sold any milk in about two years even though the cows at his farm in rural northwestern Venezuela are milked around dawn every day. Serious fuel shortages and rationing made it impossible for him to transport it, except in plastic containers strapped around a motorcycle, and forced him to start making much-less-profitable cheese. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Julio Alvarez brews coffee at the kitchen of his farm in the outskirts of Barinas, Venezuela, Sunday, December 5, 2021. Alvarez hasn’t sold any milk in about two years even though the cows at his farm in rural northwestern Venezuela are milked around dawn every day. Serious fuel shortages and rationing made it impossible for him to transport it, except in plastic containers strapped around a motorcycle, and forced him to start making much-less-profitable cheese. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Supporters of opposition leader Freddy Superlano cheer during a demonstration in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 4, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Supporters of opposition leader Freddy Superlano cheer during a demonstration in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 4, 2021. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Aurora Silva greets supporters after she was named the new Democratic Unity Roundtable gubernatorial candidate for Barinas State, during a demonstration in support of her husband, opposition leader Freddy Superlano, in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 4, 2021. Superlano, who was leading the race for governor in Barinas State in the recent Nov. 21 regional elections, called for a protest this Saturday after a court ruling ordered new elections in the state and disqualified him from running. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Aurora Silva greets supporters after she was named the new Democratic Unity Roundtable gubernatorial candidate for Barinas State, during a demonstration in support of her husband, opposition leader Freddy Superlano, in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 4, 2021. Superlano, who was leading the race for governor in Barinas State in the recent Nov. 21 regional elections, called for a protest this Saturday after a court ruling ordered new elections in the state and disqualified him from running. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Architect Rudiar Almeida, 76, closes the gate to his home in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, December 10, 2021. Almeida says that his monthly pension is equal to two U.S. dollars and it is not enough to buy food. He lives alone in what was his parents' home but does not have the money to maintain it. His only son emigrated to Colombia two years ago and has not heard from him since. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Architect Rudiar Almeida, 76, closes the gate to his home in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, December 10, 2021. Almeida says that his monthly pension is equal to two U.S. dollars and it is not enough to buy food. He lives alone in what was his parents’ home but does not have the money to maintain it. His only son emigrated to Colombia two years ago and has not heard from him since. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Runners participate in the Santa Run 10K race in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, December 19, 2021. This is the first Santa Run since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Runners participate in the Santa Run 10K race in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, December 19, 2021. This is the first Santa Run since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Shoppers, wearing protective face masks, line up to enter the Sambil Mall, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, November 26, 2021. At malls and few stores, Venezuelans are taking the opportunity to buy clothes and other articles with generous Black Friday discounts. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Shoppers, wearing protective face masks, line up to enter the Sambil Mall, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, November 26, 2021. At malls and few stores, Venezuelans are taking the opportunity to buy clothes and other articles with generous Black Friday discounts. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Children enjoy and participate in a traditional street race of “carruchas”, the name for makeshift wooden cars in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 18, 2021. Children enjoyed the race marking 10 years of persevering this tradition. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

Children enjoy and participate in a traditional street race of “carruchas”, the name for makeshift wooden cars in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, December 18, 2021. Children enjoyed the race marking 10 years of persevering this tradition. (Photo by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo)

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