Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 31, 2017 / 16:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Caritas Venezuela has warned that some 280,000 children could die of malnutrition due to food shortages amidst the country’s grave economic crisis.
Susanna Rafalli, a Caritas representative in Venezuela, sounded the alarm during a press conference with foreign media.
Rafalli pointed out that besides the lack of food, the Venezuelan people are forced to deal with a shortage of medicine, a situation that is “silently decimating the population.”
According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available and high inflation rates.
Caritas, a Catholic organization, cares for the poorest and most vulnerable population in four Venezuelan states: the Caracas, Vargas, Miranda and Zulia. Nearly 10% of children in these states are severely malnourished.