Food shortages in Venezuela, South America, caused severe malnutrition in children. Only in one capital, Caracas, the number of malnourished children has at least doubled.
According to Dr. Ingrid Soto, Head of Dietology at the Children's Hospital Jay M. de los Rios, this year 65 children were recognized as such, although for example in 2015 there were 35. Another 7 children under the age of 14 died from malnutrition.
66% of suffering children are children under 3 years old. And for them, malnutrition is fraught with much more serious problems.
“If an adult is undernourished, it will not affect his brain and development like a child’s in the first 1000 days of his life. As a result, they will have problems with memory, concentration, learning difficulties. ”
For example, in the city of Maracaibo, a 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who weighed only 5 kg, got into the hospital.
It is not only children who suffer. Social studies show that 79% of Venezuelans live in poverty, and 49% - beyond the poverty line.