In recent months the terrible humanitarian crisis has been accentuated in the Maracaibo and San Francisco de Zulia, municipalities where because thre’s no employment, parents have had to dedicate themselves to picking through the garbage to sell some things and eat others.
Javier Caballero, who is dedicated to the collection of plastics, declared that they have no alternative given the lack of work and the severe humanitarian crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship. “You have to live on that (garbage) right now. How do you do it? Our children cannot starve, there is nothing more to work, there is no future,” he said.
Similarly, Rafael Longa, who is dedicated to collecting cables and aluminum, reiterated that he does it because of the high unemployment rate, in order to give his children something to eat.
They commented that the plastic they collect is sold for 50,000 bolivars per kilo, an amount that is not enough to even buy a piece of bread. However, they continue to risk rummaging through the waste without protection or biosecurity measures because it is the only thing they have to be able to take some food home.
Nicolás Maduro’s regime has caused millions of people to live in extreme poverty and have to risk their lives every day in order to get food.