The Nicolás Maduro regime, already accused of destroying one of Latin America's most prosperous economies, is now ruining the finances of Venezuelans abroad who feel obligated to send much-needed assistance to relatives in the oil-producing country.
Many Venezuelans living in Miami spend $200 to $300 per month to buy food and ship it to relatives back home using freight companies. They also spend money on medicines, which are in short supply in Venezuela.
Josefina, who has only one income, says she works “miracles” to maintain both her home in South Florida and relatives in Caracas, sending them monthly packages of basic food staples such as rice, beans, pasta, powdered milk, flour and proteins. She also sends medicines for three relatives, as well as personal hygiene products.
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