Zulia is one of the states most affected by the Venezuelan crisis promoted by Nicolas Maduro’s regime. The situation is so serious that it forces citizens to expose themselves to coronavirus in order to survive.
The shortage of (cooking) gas throughout Zulia forced citizens to break the quarantine in order to find firewood to cook in their homes. They are forced to cook on open fires, exposing them to respiratory diseases.
“We walk a lot, we walk almost a kilometer to look for firewood or whatever we can get, because you can’t get firewood anywhere,” said a Zuliano as he looked for some branches in a vacant lot near his home.
The residents of Villa Belén, in the municipality of San Francisco, denounced that they have not received gas cylinders service for more than eight months from the state company PDVSA in the hands of the dictatorship, .
Likewise, the residents of the state explained that despite the fact that the law requires the sale in bolivars, those who have access to the gas sell the bottles in dollars.
“They ask for as little as $5. The 18-liter canister is selling for $8. If you can’t pay that you have to get firewood,” said another neighbor.
This is not the only service failure the Zulians are experiencing. Power cuts, water shortages and the state’s hospital crisis keep them at constant risk of contracting Covid-19.