Venezuelans In The U.S. Describe The Struggles Their Countrymen Are Facing

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Venezuelas ongoing economic and political crises reach far beyond the countrys borders.

Venezuelanshit 100 days of consecutive protest on July 9, calling for President Nicols Maduro to step down as the countrys crisis worsens.Mic posted a video Monday that highlighted how Venezuelans in the United States are impacted by the disastrous situation in the country.

It has actually been escalating and happening for over 10 years, Araguaney, a Venezuelan woman living Oakland, California, told Mic. It has jeopardized our capacity to see each other and communicate with each other.

Official numbers show that theinflation rate for 2016 hit 274 percent, destroying the countrys currency and driving citizens into extreme poverty.

These people dont have toothpaste, they dont have tampons, Amer in Chicago told Mic. They dont have basic goods and necessities that we take for granted in America.

Reports showed that the economic problems hit hospitals,where lack of supplies have left many of the ill without hope of recovery.In 2016, asylum applications from Venezuela to the U.S. surged 168 percent, according to Pew Research Center.

Anti-government protests have injured over 1,500 people in Venezuela and left nearly 100 dead.

These students,who are currently fighting hand-to-hand with the police and the military, are my age, Daniel in Los Angeles told Mic.

Whenever I think, this could be me, it definitely puts everything else in perspective, he added.

On Sunday, more than 7 million Venezuelans, domestically and abroad, voted in asymbolic referendum. An overwhelming majority voted to reject Maduros attempt to change the constitution though the referendum has not been sanctioned by Maduros administration.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/venezuelans-in-the-us-discuss-crisis_us_596f71fce4b00db3d0f4d7b7

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