Over the past five years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to get to know the people of Venezuela in a particularly close and intimate way. From a cultural, geographic, and linguistic perspective, I’m obviously an outsider, so it suffices to say that I was initially apprehensive about how I would be received. Quickly, though, I came to discover that Venezuelans are the single most warm and accepting group of people that I’ve ever encountered in my life, so much so that I've reiterated to my husband how much I'd love to raise our [future] children there. I want the core values of the culture, including the instant, familial-like embracement of others, to be a central component of their formative years.
But truth be told, the people of Venezuela are in the midst of an intensely brutal and bloody battle right now, one in which the government continues to maim and kill its own civilians on a day-to-day basis. With an astounding lack of access to food, medical supplies, and basic necessities (including things like diapers and formula), people can't continue to live amongst mass starvation and the threat of constant, unyielding danger. Imagine being hungry and afraid twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
Over the course of the past week, I’ve collected a number of images that speak directly to the depravity of the current situation, one in which a wealthy and wildly corrupt government has single-handedly dismembered what was once one of South America’s most beautiful, serene, peaceful landscapes.
Although I usually reserve this space for a very different type of content, I implore you to share this message or some of these photos via social media. Write to your senators, use any media access to help ensure that this situation receives the attention that it so desperately deserves. The people of Venezuela have been left to fight an increasingly communistic and violent regime alone, and they're sending out a global SOS. It would be nearly impossible to send aid or supplies their way because all items would most likely be seized by the government, but together, we can spread the word about modern day barbarism. #sosvenezuela #crisis #helpvenezuela #venezuela🇻🇪