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With Venezuela in collapse, towns slip into primitive isolation

http://www.reuters.com
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PATANEMO, Venezuela (Reuters) - At the once-busy beach resort of Patanemo, tourism has evaporated over the last two years as Venezuela’s economic crisis has deepened and deteriorating cellphone service left visitors too afraid of robbery to brave the isolated roads.

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Gone are the vendors who once walked the sands of the crescent-shaped beach hawking bathing suits and empanadas - a traditional savory pastry.
These days, its Caribbean shoreline flanked by forested hills receives a different type of visitor: people who walk 10 minutes from a nearby town carrying rice, plantains or bananas in hopes of exchanging them for the fishermen’s latest catch.
With bank notes made useless by hyperinflation, and no easy access to the debit card terminals widely used to conduct transactions in urban areas, residents of Patanemo rely mainly on barter.
It is just one of a growing number of rural towns slipping into isolation as Venezuela’s economy implodes amid a long-running political crisis.

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Venezuela’s crisis has taken a heavy toll on rural areas, where the number of households in poverty reached 74% in 2017 compared with 34% in the capital of Caracas, according to an annual survey called Encovi carried out by private Venezuelan universities.
Residents rarely travel to nearby cities, due to a lack of public transportation, growing fuel shortages and the prohibitive cost of consumer goods.

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Venezuela is suffering one of the worst economic collapses in modern history. Inflation has topped 1 million percent, according to figures released by the opposition-run congress. The United Nations says 4 million citizens have fled Venezuela, 3.3 million of them since 2015.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venez...SKCN1T823D
"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_of_...Apocalypse

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Even Showers Are A Luxury in Venezuela Now: Weekend Reads
By Kathleen Hunter
‎June‎ ‎8‎, ‎2019‎ ‎5‎:‎00‎ ‎AM‎ ‎PDT

While Donald Trump’s European trip and threats to impose tariffs on Mexico dominated headlines this week, you might have missed these tales of life in crumbling Venezuela, of the plight of ultra-Orthodox Israeli men and of rising nationalism in Poland.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...kend-reads
"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_of_...Apocalypse

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