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Venezuela Looks to Indigenous Community for Way Forward as U.S. Aggression Hits Poor Hardest

Michael East, Red Revolution

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has told the United Nations that economic and financial aggression against Venezuela is leading to suffering and death in his nation, with the United States being responsible through their policy of sanctions and blockades.

The U.S. regime has made over 150 designations of individuals and entities in Venezuela for sanctions in the last two years, including 10 sets of designations this year already. With Washington pressurising the financial sector and private banks against working with the country, Venezuela is struggling to keep up supplies of medicine and food.

The sanctions have been denounced by the Maduro government and by neutral observers around the world.

The Venezuelan Minister for Indigenous Peoples, Aloha Núñez was amongst the voices condemning the use of sanctions, the U.S. measures hitting indigenous projects and the national health service hard.

“Before, in any ambulatory centre within the community we had access to all vaccines for free, but now it is much more complicated. Due to the economic and financial blockade and sanctions by the U.S. government, Venezuela does not have access to many medicines, nor does it have the same purchasing power”

Aloha Núñez

Núñez added that many of the achievements and advances achieved within indigenous communities through socialism are now being hit heaviest by U.S. sanctions as ordinary people begin to suffer through the American-led efforts for regime change in the country.

“Unilateral measures also have an impact on the financing of projects in indigenous communities, productive initiatives and others for housing, construction of roads… and all this has been slowed down. Now we must prioritize areas such as health, education and food.”

Aloha Núñez

Most affected by the sanctions are primarily the poor, and in order to offset the hardship new ideas and projects are developing in local communities to promote the cultivation of food. Traditional knowledge and methods of food cultivation are becoming of huge importance as Venezuela seeks to maintain its food sovereignty.

Oil production in Venezuela has been the central industry for decades, with production having existed for over than 100 years, a situation that Núñez contends has led to some neglect of other industry and agrarianism in the country.

This, however, has not been the case with indigenous communities, who the nation now turns to for their example as Venezuela tries to battle the U.S. sanctions which have so far forced 3.5m Venezuelans to flee the country in search of food, shelter and medicine. 

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