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El día D para Venezuela

CAMBRIDGE – La crisis de Venezuela está pasando, inexorablemente, de ser catastrófica a ser inimaginable. El nivel de miseria, sufrimiento humano y destrucción ha llegado a un punto en que la comunidad internacional debe repensar cómo puede ayudar.

Hace dos años, advertí que en Venezuela se avecinaba una hambruna similar al Holomodor de Ucrania entre 1932 y1933. El 17 de diciembre, The New York Timespublicó en su portada fotografías de este desastre, provocado por el hombre.

En julio, describí la calamidad económica sin precedentes por la que atraviesa Venezuela y documenté el colapso en la producción, los ingresos, y los niveles de vida y salud. Probablemente, la estadística más reveladora que cité fue que el sueldo mínimo (el que en Venezuela gana el trabajador mediano), medido en la caloría más barata disponible, había caído de 52.854 calorías diarias en mayo de 2012 a tan solo 7.005 en mayo de 2017, completamente insuficiente para alimentar a una familia de cinco personas.

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