Taxi driver Draos' apartment is located on the 11th floor of a residential building in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. When the reporter came to his home, Draos, who had diabetes, just finished a short-acting insulin and was ready to have lunch. The food he and his wife Noriega had was simple: broth, rice and orange juice.
The things we eat are still the same, but the proportion has changed. In the past, our family of three could eat 5 kilograms of meat a week, and now we can't eat two kilograms of meat a week. If the meat is eaten less, we will eat more cheap food. Draos said.
Most of the food we usually eat comes from the government's monthly food container, which has 19 kinds of food. Draos said, showing reporters their food box this month.
The reporter saw that the small cardboard box was printed with the portraits of former President Chavez and the current President Maduro, filled with rice, black kidney beans, corn flour, pasta, cooking oil, milk powder, canned tuna. , white sugar, etc.
Providing food containers for the public is one of the initiatives of the Venezuelan government to improve people's livelihood in recent years. The government's development plan has enabled many bottom-level people to receive free medical, food and housing subsidies, which have won the support of the majority of low- and middle-income people.
Noriega said: The recession has been so many years, but fortunately the food box has not changed. Even if the country is in deep crisis and the economic level is declining, it can still show some traces of a welfare society.
When Chavez was in power, the Venezuelan government implemented a series of economic development plans to improve people's livelihood, narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor, and enabling many bottom-level people to receive free medical, food and housing subsidies.
Philips 21-inch big-neck in the corner of Draos's living room TV, like other home appliances in the apartment, has a strong sense of time.
Noriega told reporters that they have not bought new home appliances for many years. For a long time, in Venezuela, the replacement of home appliances and electronic products is very slow, even if we want to change, the price is too expensive.
The Maduro government has raised wages more than 10 times in the past two years due to serious inflation. International financial institutions estimate that Venezuela's current annual inflation rate is about 1.7 million.
The grim economic situation has cast a shadow over the Venezuelan society, and problems such as the widening gap between the rich and the poor and the deterioration of social security have arisen.
The place where I live is safe, although I have never experienced it, but I have witnessed several crimes near my home. Draos said.
Delas, 61, has been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease for many years. He said that it was much easier to buy medicines than before, and the prices were much more accessible.
According to the latest standard in January this year, Venezuela's monthly minimum wage must not be less than 18,000 sovereign Bolivar (about RMB 37).
I drive a total of eight or nine hours a day, and I can earn about 60,000 sovereign Bolivars a month. But a box of captopril for high blood pressure will cost 12,000 Bolivars. I eat 4 tablets a day. Enough for 5 days. Draos shook his head.
Originally, many drugs in Venezuela were imported directly from countries such as the United States. Now, I can only go to the hospital for a drug in half a month - because of the sanctions, the government can only buy drugs through some agents. As a result, the supply of medicines is small, the transportation time is long, and the price is high.
Draos explained that in this way, the supply of medicines is small, the delivery time is slow, and the price is high.
A few days ago, a batch of humanitarian aid from the United States arrived in Cukuta, a border town in northeastern Colombia, and managed to move into Venezuela.
In Draus's view, American behavior is a farce. To a certain extent, Venezuela's "retribution" to American sanctions. He says.
Just like a neighbor came to my house, I took my things away, hit me a meal, then ran to the street and shouted, 'Let's come to save Mr. Draos!
What makes Draeus more worried is that the United States is trying to use force as a cover to try to interfere in the situation in Venezuela. My motherland has a strategic position and is rich in resources. The United States has been 'caring for us' for a long time.