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Plunged into political chaos, violent crimes at an all time high, institutionally wrecked and the separation of powers inexistent, 
the rich in natural resources Venezuela continues to fall freely into a bottomless pit as it has become one of the poorest countries in the world, falling behind even Haiti which until last year led the Americas' list. 

The latest report of the National Survey of Living conditions revealed that 82%  of Venezuelan households live in a decadent condition that is bordering extreme poverty.

The survey conducted in 2016 provided that of  6,500 families,  52% live in  households in extreme poverty and  18% do not belong to this category, but may fall below that. When comparing data with those of 2014, it was found that 48% of households  were in poverty, 51% of households were not poor, 24.8% comprised moderate poverty and 23% were extreme poverty.


The shocking decline of Venezuela which in 2001 was the richest in South America, highlights the economic and political crisis that affects the bolivarian republic. The economy shrank by 18.6 percent last year, according to an estimate by the central bank.

Access to the  basic basket  is the dividing line between moderate and extreme poverty, the one that does not have access to it falls into the last category. Many of these individuals go hungry and lose weight considerably, an average of  eight and a half kilos or up to nine. A trend which will soon leave Venezuela with an unprecedented number of malnutrition cases.

Maduro's response has been to cling on to power more tightly. The electoral commission, controlled by the regime, has blocked a referendum to recall him from office. The supreme court, manned by government loyalists, has blocked almost everything the national assembly has tried to do. On Jan. 15, Maduro delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address not to the legislature, as the constitution requires, but before the court.