Children Are Starving To Death In Socialist Venezuela

Donna Brown

Children are starving to death in socialist Venezuela, and the situation appears to be worsening. Food shortages in Venezuela have reached crisis levels and have created a significant increase in child malnutrition. In the capital city of Caracas, the number of cases of severely malnourished children has doubled in just one year. Dr. Ingrid Soto, chief of nutrition at J.M. de los Rios Hospital, says that so far this year they've admitted 65 children with severe malnutrition. In all of 2015, the total number of cases was 35. Across the nation of Venezuela this year, seven children have died. The rampant occurrence of death is directly related to children not having enough food in their system, says a report from Fox News Latino.

A 5-month-old infant is one of more than 60 children being treated for severe malnutrition at the J.M. de los Rios Hospital, which is Venezuela's main pediatric hospital. His mother, Laura Montilva, 22, is unable to produce enough milk to adequately nourish him and infant formula is a luxury item in her country. Her baby's weight is 8.5 pounds, far too small for his age. Laura gets a very limited amount of formula which she dissolves a tablespoon at a time in a large water bottle to make it go further. She struggles to get enough to feed him the diluted liquid four times a day, when the recommended number of feedings for her baby's age is eight times a day.

"I don't have money. I don't feed him well and I can't buy him milk formula."
"If an adult suffers from malnutrition, it will not effect his brain and development so much as it would a kid in the first 1,000 days of life. They they will have issues with memory, concentration, school problems."
"Malnourished children are not going to be able to compete in the future. They are going to have poor schooling. We are playing with human potential. It's a sin.

"We are seeing cases not seen for 40 years. We are seeing cases of marasmus, an extremely grave type of malnutrition. Hospitals are seeing children who seek help, with swollen heads, their skin stuck to the bones and their bellies swollen."

"The 'Maduro diet' makes you hard."

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