The inhabitants of Zulia State are suffering the consequences of the shortage of domestic gas. In the face of the shortage they have to cook with charcoal and wood.
The Zulianos go out to the streets to cut down trees in order to get something to cook with, since a 43-kilogram gas cylinder costs more than 1.5 million bolivars in cash or $4 dollars, which makes it impossible for the citizens to acquire it, with a minimum salary of 800,000 bolivars.
“A 43-kilogram bottle is worth 5-6 dollars, a bag of coal is worth 180 bolivars, we use the old method, firewood. Because it’s three meals, and only if we have enough to eat because we usually only make one meal,” said one of the residents of the San Francisco sector.
The people of Zulia claim to be the most abused and marginalized by the regime, who have been going through a unique electrical crisis in history for more than 48 months. In addition, food shortages prevent many families from having three meals a day.