AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Children drop out of school to look for food

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 hunger  


Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - The economic, food and political emergency within the Latin American Country continues. In past months, in order to survive and find something to eat, one Venezuelan child out of four was forced to leave school and look for food among garbage. Insecurity, hyperinflation, hunger, is the dramatic economic and social situation that in particular the most vulnerable segments of the population of Venezuela is experiencing. In the last half of 2015 and in 2016, child malnutrition has reached 30% of the population, according to a sample of 4000 children examined in different schools in the Country by Bengoa Foundation, engaged in nutritional issues for more than 50 years. Currently, 25% of children had to leave school because they have nothing to eat. The pediatrician, vice president of the Foundation, says that most of the families have no money to buy protein foods, fruits and vegetables and only eat pasta. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 24/05/2016)