CNN: Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens
Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.
Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries -- rare commodities in their home country.
Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It's a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world's largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border.
Venezuela is expected to dive deeper into the abyss this year, according to new projections published Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund.
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WNU Editor: Colombia wants a permanent solution to this crisis .... Colombia to press for open border with Venezuela after food queues (BBC), but no word yet from the Venezuelan government. Being one who knows what it is like to stay in a line waiting to buy basics (i.e. former Soviet Union) .... or sending medicine to sick relatives when I was working abroad .... I know exactly how these people feel. My advice to the Venezuelan government is simple .... everyday that this crisis continues only chips away at their authority to rule .... there will be a breaking point and my guess is that it will be at the end of next year.