IF you want to know of a real-life ‘riches to rags’ story, you need look no further than Venezuela. For those of us here in Trinidad who are aware of the nightmare which Venezuelans are living through this very moment, it might be difficult to imagine that not very long ago in our modern history, Venezuela was once the pride of South America and the envy of its Latin neighbours. Back in the 1950s Caracas in particular was reputed to be the ‘capital of opportunities in South America’.

Extravagant titles like those belong in history books and museums where ancient relics are stored, for it means nothing to the average Venezuelan who is struggling to make even half of what they used to earn as a result of hyperinflation which is expected to climb to 13,000 per cent this year.

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