U.S. Intervention Should Never Be the Answer to Venezuela | Sojourners

U.S. Intervention Should Never Be the Answer to Venezuela

Donald Trump does not have the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people in mind.
Protests take place in Caracas, Venezuela on April 7, 2019 amidst Juan Guaidó's self-declaration of his right to the presidency. Julio Lovera/Shutterstock

THE DAY A massive electrical blackout plunged Venezuela into darkness, my neighbor Juan Carlos was finally heading back to seventh grade.

It had been four months since he had entered a classroom. His teachers had been missing since November, their $8 a month salary not covering even the commute. Doing the math, I realized that my two hens earned more with their daily eggs.

Leaving his darkened school, Juan Carlos headed straight to the potato field. I watched from the porch as he dropped to his knees to rastrojear—rake the field with his hands to uncover spuds missed in the harvest. The field’s owner turns a blind eye to kids searching for food this way.

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