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UN Warns Millions Will Starve if Yemen Blockade Not Lifted

UNITED NATIONS — The UN humanitarian chief warned Wednesday that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

Bread for sale at a bakery in Caracas, on September 14, 2016. Venezuela, which is sitting on the biggest known oil reserves from which it derives 96 percent of its foreign revenues, has been devastated by the drop in prices and is beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway …

Venezuela: Socialists Denounce Nationwide Bakers’ Conspiracy, Threaten to Seize Bakeries

Venezuela’s socialist government has imposed new draconian measures on its bakeries intended to lay the blame for the intense food shortages the country is experiencing on craven small business owners. Bakers who do not adhere to these rules, the vice president announced this week, will risk having their business seized by the government.

This June 2, 2016 photo shows a pregnant woman who did not want to be named, holding a pineapple in one hand as she continues to pick through garbage bags outside a supermarket in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. Unemployed people converge every dusk at the trash heap to pick through rotten …

Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive

A new study finds Venezuela on the brink of famine, with an alarming fifteen percent of citizens saying they can only feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” while nearly half say they have had to take time off work to search for food.

Venezuelans looting bakery

Watch: Camera Catches Mob, Including Children, Looting Venezuelan Bakery

Images of starved Venezuelans looking to feed their families by any means necessary have become increasingly commonplace as the nation’s socialist government continues to crash its economy. The most recent of these incidents involves surveillance video showing the swift mass looting of a bakery.

In this March 8, 2016 photo, Bolivarian Army soldiers tend to tomato plants at a military base near Maracay, Venezuela. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Monday night said he was creating a new government initiative to boost production and guarantee the smooth distribution of food supplies in the face of …

Venezuela: Bishops Oppose ‘Totalitarian’ Military Takeover of Food Supply

The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, the organization of the nation’s Catholic bishops, has issued a scathing statement condemning socialist president Nicolás Maduro for giving the military full control of the nation’s food supply, accusing him of being at the helm of a devastating “moral crisis” crippling every aspect of life in Venezuela.

Young childern look in an empty refrigerator at a home in the Catia neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. In an attempt to regain control, President Nicolas Maduro has tapped loyal neighborhood groups, called Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAPs), and put them …

Venezuela Puts Nation’s Limited Food Supply Under Military Control

Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolás Maduro has launched the Great Mission of Sovereign Supplying, a program which places the nation’s food supply in the control of the military, who will choose where to distribute the food and monitor ports accepting foreign food supplies.

Venezuelans carrying groceries cross the Simon Bolivar bridge from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio de Tachira in Venezuela, on July 10, 2016. Thousands of Venezuelans crossed Sunday the border with Colombia to take advantage of its 12-hour opening after it was closed by the Venezuelan government 11 months …

Venezuela: Chavista Says 35,000 Seeking Food Went to Colombia ‘for Fun’

José Gregorio Vielma Mora, the socialist governor of Venezuela’s western Táchira state, asserted this week that the 35,000 people who took advantage of a limited border opening that allowed them to buy food and medicine in Colombia were not hungry but, rather, desperately crossed the border “for fun.”

Venezuela, San Antonio del Táchira : Venezuelans carrying groceries cross the Simon Bolivar bridge from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio de Tachira in Venezuela, on July 10, 2016. Thousands of Venezuelans crossed Sunday the border with Colombia to take advantage of its 12-hour opening after it was closed …

Venezuela: 35,000 Cross After President Opens Border for 12 Hours

The socialist government of Venezuela opened its western border with Colombia for 12 hours this weekend as a means of combatting growing food shortages in the nation. An estimated 35,000 took advantage of the opening to buy basic food items like sugar and flour and to visit relatives they were barred from seeing after a mass deportation last year.

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Famine: Nearly 90 Percent of Venezuelans Have No Money for Food

After months of increasingly alarming reports out of Venezuela, where the legislature declared a “food emergency” in February, The New York Times has finally shed some light on what appears to be the beginnings of a famine in the oil-rich country, where nearly 90 percent of civilians do not have access to food.