Watching the colors and realities of Venezuela in the 21st century

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Dear Steemians, great greetings to all.

After a few days of involuntary absence, I resume my contact with you.

Although they insist on telling us a lie thousands of times, the reality of events will inevitably always prevail before our eyes.


Those of us born in Venezuela feel that we have been blessed. Our country is a land of immense resources, not only of natural origin product of the existing biodiversity; but also in human resources, for the variety of races and cultures that make life in their geography. It is a pity that a harmful government, like the worst of carcinomas, has led this nation to a state of involution and backwardness not in keeping with the advances and ways of life of the 21st Century.


The mass exodus of the population in Venezuela is not just a phenomenon that occurs in cities

Unlike the big cities, where the problems are of a totally different nature, in the interior of Venezuela the lack of resources and opportunities are observed within a very parsimonious rhythm of life, perhaps this may be a consequence of the high temperatures that they are registered in a large part of the Venezuelan territory.

Let's illustrate this post, with a visit to an agricultural community in southeastern Venezuela, located around 850 kilometers from the capital Caracas. The town is called Las Alhuacas and is located in the Monagas State.


The Venezuelan reality in a town more than 800 km from the city of Caracas, the main city in the country

As a replica of what happens in many Venezuelan cities, there is an oversight in the town regarding the decoration and maintenance of its public spaces. Before the indifference of the "authorities" and the apathy of its inhabitants, the squares are observed unattended, full of weeds. The same situation is seen in terms of road deterioration. The difference is seen with respect to previous years where green areas and other public spaces were regularly attended by the Municipal Services Division of the City Hall.



Neglect in public spaces, a sign of inefficiency in public management and apathy of citizens


Low quality work, due to scarce supervision and control mechanisms

The Church is barely preserved with some maintenance, that is because the Feast of its patron San Isidro was recently celebrated


The Church of Las Alhuacas in honor of San Isidro Labrador

Another element that attracts attention is the presence of a good number of desolate homes. The mass exodus of people is a phenomenon that not only takes place in cities but also in the countryside. In the communications centers of the nearest city, Temblador, many young people are seen managing the so-called Border Migration Card required to enter Colombia. Others venture to emigrate to Brazil.




Proliferation of vacant homes evoke the novel by the famous Venezuelan writer Miguel Otero Silva entitled Casas Muertas

The settlers who still remain in the villages, live in the middle of their shortcomings. With poor public services, high cost of living. Fortunately, the town has important water resources, so the water service is regular. As for the electric service is very poor, the power cuts are frequent and increase in the winter season.


Despite having water service in their residences, their storage is precarious. Most homes lack tanks and pumping equipment



The custom of the population is to wash their clothes and hang them in the fences of their homes taking advantage of sunlight to dry it

As a positive aspect, the population still takes advantage of its resources and its inhabitants are engaged in agricultural activity, although state support is scarce and conditioned by political "loyalty." Large areas of land are also dedicated to livestock activity. Many people earn their income from the benefit of cattle, cheese and milk production.



The “conuco” is the main production unit. Cassava is one of the most common crops


Many of the tractors delivered by the government as part of their agreements with their "Business Partners" are paralyzed by the lack of spare parts and their technological deficiencies


Important extensions of land are dedicated to livestock. Among the residents it is common to hear stories that important farms are in the hands of "government" and military personnel

Livestock activity is affected by the high costs of vaccines and other medications required by animals. This situation and the summer season lead to the sacrifice of animals with low weight.


Very low weight cattle on the way to the slaughterhouse

Finally, the pace of life of citizens has also been altered by the destruction of the company Petroleos de Venezuela PDVSA has been a victim. The paralysis of oil production in the area is more than evident, with the consequence at the level of unemployment in the region and a decrease in economic activity: Contrary to what is observed in Caracas, the lack of fuel in this region is overwhelming. The fuel mafias are already seen clearly under the support or ineptitude of the rulers on duty. The new business is the transportation of fuel to the population of Barracas in the limits with the Delta Amacuro State, there gasoline is sold in dollars in the informal trade that exists with Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.



An oil state affected by the shortage of gasoline. At the bottom of the image, the irony of an oil drill

I hope you have been interested in the lines of this article. We are in touch in an upcoming post. A big hug to everyone!!

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Photos: R. Aldana. Las Alhuacas, Estado Monagas. Julio 2019.

Device used: Huawuei Y5.

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