Starvation stalks many in the oil-rich nation of Venezuela. Two leaders claim the presidency. And at night balaclava-clad security forces drive around on motorcycles, raiding the homes of protesters, threatening and sometimes killing them.
Venezuela is a country gripped by crisis.
After protesters took to the streets last month to denounce President Nicolás Maduro and embrace Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself the country’s rightful president, we asked Venezuelans to tell us how the crisis is affecting their outlook for the nation’s future and their willingness to be politically active in their country.
We heard from more than 40 Venezuelans, including those living in the country and abroad. Some are buoyed by hope. Others are terrified. Here is a selection of their responses, which have been condensed and lightly edited.
For 20 years I have been against this regime, but I have never been part of a formal political group. And I was silent for a few years due to fear and also because I did not see a clear picture to get out of this.
We have been very afraid of repression, of dying at the hands of the criminal underworld or at the hands of the state security forces. However, we now trust that we are protected by the people on the street and by the support obtained at the international level.
We are very close to getting out of this.
I am a professional, and I have studied and worked all my life. My current biweekly salary is not enough to eat satisfactorily even one day.
I am willing to participate civically and peacefully in all the calls made by President Guaidó that require massive support. I am willing to collaborate voluntarily in protecting and distributing humanitarian aid to the most needy people.
Guaidó has presented himself with a very clear route, well studied and without improvisation, which makes us have faith that we are on the right track to restore our democracy.
I am one of the more than three million Venezuelans exiled throughout the world. I am currently living in Argentina. What has affected me the most is knowing that the remittance money I send weekly is no longer enough for a three-day basket of market goods for the three people back home whom I help.
The political change in Venezuela is unstoppable. These protests feel different because we are all united with a single conviction — which is to get Maduro out of Miraflores to start giving room to the transitional government led by Guaidó.
Once the government transitions to democracy, I’m ready to devote myself to my country’s reconstruction and give all that I’ve learned on the outside.
Apparently there are many countries that consider interventionism to be nothing more than pointing out violations of human rights. It feels as if they care more about our nation’s oil than all the people who die every day in Venezuela.
The best way other countries can help is to recognize Guaidó as president in charge of the country. It is the most democratic way, and the more countries that join, the more isolated the Maduro regime will be.
My willingness to take risks peaked in 2017. I, alongside some classmates, friends and colleagues, formed a group dedicated to properly documenting the general unrest in our city, since conventional media outlets had been silenced or forcefully closed.
I exposed myself to the violence that people from La Resistencia faced daily in clashes against National Guard officials, armed “colectivos” loyal to the socialist cause and local police.
After seeing how many people the government was willing to kill in a single day to solidify its power — tens of protesters, with zero hesitation — I decided to take a step back and start getting my affairs in order to leave the country.
A year later in June 2018, heartbroken and hopeless, I left the country.
Since Juan Guaidó took charge as the interim president, my hope has flourished again.
I still feel some willingness to take those risks and be an active part of the change that’s going on. The responsibility that one feels to one’s native land hasn’t gone away.
I’m an actor. I do theater. I offer help in communities. But I don’t involve myself with politicians, not voluntarily. I choose not to vote, and I choose to remain absent in the political game of this dictatorship.
I don’t support Juan Guaidó, but I do support his movement. I see the hope in his actions, but I doubt the benevolence of the United States and its interest in my country. Getting help from other countries is not the right thing to do, but in this case it is necessary.
I would choose to leave this place, but I have no choice. I’m scared of my future and scared for my friends and family, because I know we are not getting good news soon.
Our older son left the country fleeing violence against students. It’s been a year and a half since we saw him. He went to Canada.
Our younger son had an emergency surgery, but our health insurance had become worthless. We had to use the foreign currency savings that we had and get help from family and friends to cover the operation and hospitalization.
I have spent 20 long years personally opposing this regime. For 13 of them, I was a Venezuelan public employee. In my position, I was ordered to march in support of the government and to wear a uniform that tied me to the regime. I always refused, and I invited them to fire me. They never did.
I have a profound conviction about my duties and rights, and I believe that by persevering through constitutional and peaceful means, we will be a country of freedom and opportunities. Nobody will distract me from that purpose.
Last year, I was a worker in the public sector, where the Chavista ideology was present on “Civic Mondays,” when you sung the national anthem to the flag, when there were calls to vote in the rigged elections of the regime.
In my house we felt the crisis in many ways. Protein was rarely consumed. To make our typical arepa we needed to buy corn, to parboil and grind it — a process we had to do every day since we very rarely got the precooked cornmeal.
It was available only on the street for prices that did not fit our budget.
Coming from work and seeing people eating from the garbage, people with dry skin and short hair from poor diet, gave me a feeling of hopelessness. I could not stand watching my country decline every day. This and more made me emigrate to another country.
In the past, I participated in various marches against the dictatorship. At that time, I was still a university student. But since Juan Guaidó took the presidency, I’ve participated in very few protests.
If I return to Venezuela, I am willing to belong to any university or political movement that allows the advancement of democracy in my country.
Venezuela could become the democracy we’ve been waiting for if we all remain united.
Supporting a military intervention to end the regime would be the last option, but sometimes it is necessary in regimes that do not listen to their people.
All my life I have seen only one government in my country, only one way of ruling things, and I’m deeply unhappy that every year the situation gets worse and worse.
My family and I have lost weight. The hyperinflation makes it really difficult to buy substantial food; we only eat carbohydrates like arepa every day.
There’s a really big pressure on me and people to emigrate, to leave the country, to seek what our parents earned when they were my age, like a house and a car, a decent living.
A lot of members of my family have done that, and I think they are so brave for it. But I want to stay here. I’m willing to stay here and help rebuild my country, to make it decent again.
I think we need young minds and fresh blood to make Venezuela anew.
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