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How humanitarian aid escalated the Venezuelan crisis

Demonstrators demand humanitarian aid during a protest against the Nicolas Maduro
Demonstrators demand humanitarian aid during a protest against the Nicolas Maduro

Blessed with abundant oil reserves, Venezuela was once South America’s richest country. Now, it is a shell of a nation, facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the Western hemisphere. More than 3 million people have fled the country, escaping rising violence, food shortages, political persecution, and crippling 1,370,000-percent inflation that makes any amount of money people may have worthless. Things are so dire that, according to a report from the Organization of American States, newborns have a better chance of survival in Syria than they do in Venezuela.

Still, humanitarian aid has become a...

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