Millions of Venezuelans saw their quality of life return to the “middle ages” this week as the country continued to struggle with crippling blackouts, lack of drinking water, and dwindling medical supplies across the nation.
“Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago,” reports Yahoo News.
“El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash dishes and scrub clothes. The taps in their homes are dry from lack of electricity to the city’s water pumps,” adds the article.
“We’re forced to get water from sources that obviously aren’t completely hygienic. But it’s enough for washing or doing the dishes,” said one resident.
“People need to eat. We let them take food and they will pay us when bank transfers come back,” added one shop owner.
Read the full report here.