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In this Nov. 28, 2019 photo published on Dec. 27, Zaida Bravo, who suffers Parkinson's disease and is malnourished, waits for dinner on her dirty mattress in her one room living quarters in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The 48-year-old's sister Ana Bravo brings her food when she can, but for the last four years the older sister has had trouble affording even rice or cornmeal. 'We can't find her medicine or even know how to help her, so we're letting what happens happen,' Ana Bravo, 57, said. 'Sometimes, I'm afraid to go inside and find her dead.' AP
In this Nov. 28, 2019 photo published on Dec. 27, Zaida Bravo, who suffers Parkinson's disease and is malnourished, waits for dinner on her dirty mattress in her one room living quarters in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The 48-year-old's sister Ana Bravo brings her food when she can, but for the last four years the older sister has had trouble affording even rice or cornmeal. 'We can't find her medicine or even know how to help her, so we're letting what happens happen,' Ana Bravo, 57, said. 'Sometimes, I'm afraid to go inside and find her dead.' AP
Miguel Blanco, who was born with Hydrocephalus, lays in a bed where his brother places a photograph of him when he was a toddler in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Blanco, 28, lives with his unemployed mother who can only afford to feed him once a day. AP
Miguel Blanco, who was born with Hydrocephalus, lays in a bed where his brother places a photograph of him when he was a toddler in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Blanco, 28, lives with his unemployed mother who can only afford to feed him once a day. AP
An image of the Virgin Mary hangs from a brick wall next to the room where the corpse of Teresa Jimenez is prepared following her death from natural causes at the age of 91 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. The cost of transporting a body, buying a casket and burial plot for a funeral can run into the hundreds of dollars, or more, while most earn the minimum wage of roughly $3 a month as hyperinflation devours pay.  AP
An image of the Virgin Mary hangs from a brick wall next to the room where the corpse of Teresa Jimenez is prepared following her death from natural causes at the age of 91 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. The cost of transporting a body, buying a casket and burial plot for a funeral can run into the hundreds of dollars, or more, while most earn the minimum wage of roughly $3 a month as hyperinflation devours pay. AP
Community activist Carolina Leal uses a cell phone to light up the work area for Roberto Molero as he prepares the body of Teresa Jimenez, 91, after she died of natural causes in her home in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. Molero embalms bodies with no training other than seeing it done during a decade that he work as a driver at a funeral home, while Leal assumes the role of funeral director in her poor and often violent Maracaibo neighborhood, hoping to rid families of unnecessary misery she's seen too many times. AP
Community activist Carolina Leal uses a cell phone to light up the work area for Roberto Molero as he prepares the body of Teresa Jimenez, 91, after she died of natural causes in her home in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. Molero embalms bodies with no training other than seeing it done during a decade that he work as a driver at a funeral home, while Leal assumes the role of funeral director in her poor and often violent Maracaibo neighborhood, hoping to rid families of unnecessary misery she's seen too many times. AP
Sergio Morales, right, and Joelvis Cantillo, build a simple coffin at their furniture workshop in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2019. Two years ago the carpenters started building coffins for less than $100 instead of furniture due to the high demand for cheaper coffins. AP
Sergio Morales, right, and Joelvis Cantillo, build a simple coffin at their furniture workshop in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2019. Two years ago the carpenters started building coffins for less than $100 instead of furniture due to the high demand for cheaper coffins. AP
Cemetery worker Denny Pereyra rests momentarily while digging graves for children in an area of the municipal cemetery reserved for common graves in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 28, 2019. Death has become an overwhelming financial burden for many of Venezuela's poorest, who already struggle to find dignity in life. AP
Cemetery worker Denny Pereyra rests momentarily while digging graves for children in an area of the municipal cemetery reserved for common graves in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 28, 2019. Death has become an overwhelming financial burden for many of Venezuela's poorest, who already struggle to find dignity in life. AP
Roberto Parra carries the remains of his son Matias Alejandro alongside his wife Maria Isabel Parra and daughter Alejandra Parra at San Sebastian municipality cemetery before burying him in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Parra said his 19-day-old boy died after he was born with lung problems at a public hospital, where, after his wife was turned away from the first hospital, was left to deliver alone in a dirty chair before doctors rushed her up the stairs with her baby's head already exposed. Although the baby was born with respiratory problems, they were told to take him home because he could get sicker if they stayed. AP
Roberto Parra carries the remains of his son Matias Alejandro alongside his wife Maria Isabel Parra and daughter Alejandra Parra at San Sebastian municipality cemetery before burying him in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Parra said his 19-day-old boy died after he was born with lung problems at a public hospital, where, after his wife was turned away from the first hospital, was left to deliver alone in a dirty chair before doctors rushed her up the stairs with her baby's head already exposed. Although the baby was born with respiratory problems, they were told to take him home because he could get sicker if they stayed. AP
People take part in a religious procession during the Virgin of Guadalupe day in Bobare, Lara state, Venezuela, on December 12, 2019. - Faced with the economic crisis and the mega-inflation that affects the country, Venezuelans opt for low-cost alcoholic beverages produced locally. AFP
People take part in a religious procession during the Virgin of Guadalupe day in Bobare, Lara state, Venezuela, on December 12, 2019. - Faced with the economic crisis and the mega-inflation that affects the country, Venezuelans opt for low-cost alcoholic beverages produced locally. AFP
Nolberto Ortega, president of the Council of Communal Residences Villa de Dios, poses for a portrait from behind the window of his apartment, which the government gave him as part of a program coined Mission Housing and features the eyes of former President Hugo Chavez in Cabimas, near Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 26, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. Once a center of the nation's vast oil wealth, production under two decades of socialist rule has plummeted to a fraction of its high, taking down with it residents' standard of living. AP
Nolberto Ortega, president of the Council of Communal Residences Villa de Dios, poses for a portrait from behind the window of his apartment, which the government gave him as part of a program coined Mission Housing and features the eyes of former President Hugo Chavez in Cabimas, near Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 26, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. Once a center of the nation's vast oil wealth, production under two decades of socialist rule has plummeted to a fraction of its high, taking down with it residents' standard of living. AP
A woman kisses a man on the cheek at a truck stop in the Galipan village in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. AP
A woman kisses a man on the cheek at a truck stop in the Galipan village in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. AP
A lone shoe sits on a display table at a store that was unable to reopen after the mall where it is located was looted during nation-wide blackouts in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 21, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. AP
A lone shoe sits on a display table at a store that was unable to reopen after the mall where it is located was looted during nation-wide blackouts in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 21, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. AP
People line up to refuel their vehicles at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 December 2019. The rows of vehicles waiting for hours in the different stations to get gasoline returned this Monday to Caracas, as supply failures occured again in several cities. EPA
People line up to refuel their vehicles at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 December 2019. The rows of vehicles waiting for hours in the different stations to get gasoline returned this Monday to Caracas, as supply failures occured again in several cities. EPA
A man reads a sign posted on a cristal window at a store in Sabana Grande Boulevard where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
A man reads a sign posted on a cristal window at a store in Sabana Grande Boulevard where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
 Pensioner Antonieta Adames waits in front of a supermarket that accepts payments in Petro tokens, in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela.  EPA
Pensioner Antonieta Adames waits in front of a supermarket that accepts payments in Petro tokens, in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
A woman uses a smartphone app to pay with Petro tokens at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
A woman uses a smartphone app to pay with Petro tokens at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
People wait to shop at a supermarket in Chacao neighborhood where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
People wait to shop at a supermarket in Chacao neighborhood where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
 A girl lights a firecracker on New Year's Eve in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A girl lights a firecracker on New Year's Eve in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A man sleeps outside a shop in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A man sleeps outside a shop in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA


In this Nov. 28, 2019 photo published on Dec. 27, Zaida Bravo, who suffers Parkinson's disease and is malnourished, waits for dinner on her dirty mattress in her one room living quarters in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The 48-year-old's sister Ana Bravo brings her food when she can, but for the last four years the older sister has had trouble affording even rice or cornmeal. 'We can't find her medicine or even know how to help her, so we're letting what happens happen,' Ana Bravo, 57, said. 'Sometimes, I'm afraid to go inside and find her dead.' AP
In this Nov. 28, 2019 photo published on Dec. 27, Zaida Bravo, who suffers Parkinson's disease and is malnourished, waits for dinner on her dirty mattress in her one room living quarters in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The 48-year-old's sister Ana Bravo brings her food when she can, but for the last four years the older sister has had trouble affording even rice or cornmeal. 'We can't find her medicine or even know how to help her, so we're letting what happens happen,' Ana Bravo, 57, said. 'Sometimes, I'm afraid to go inside and find her dead.' AP
Miguel Blanco, who was born with Hydrocephalus, lays in a bed where his brother places a photograph of him when he was a toddler in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Blanco, 28, lives with his unemployed mother who can only afford to feed him once a day. AP
Miguel Blanco, who was born with Hydrocephalus, lays in a bed where his brother places a photograph of him when he was a toddler in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Blanco, 28, lives with his unemployed mother who can only afford to feed him once a day. AP
An image of the Virgin Mary hangs from a brick wall next to the room where the corpse of Teresa Jimenez is prepared following her death from natural causes at the age of 91 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. The cost of transporting a body, buying a casket and burial plot for a funeral can run into the hundreds of dollars, or more, while most earn the minimum wage of roughly $3 a month as hyperinflation devours pay.  AP
An image of the Virgin Mary hangs from a brick wall next to the room where the corpse of Teresa Jimenez is prepared following her death from natural causes at the age of 91 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. The cost of transporting a body, buying a casket and burial plot for a funeral can run into the hundreds of dollars, or more, while most earn the minimum wage of roughly $3 a month as hyperinflation devours pay. AP
Community activist Carolina Leal uses a cell phone to light up the work area for Roberto Molero as he prepares the body of Teresa Jimenez, 91, after she died of natural causes in her home in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. Molero embalms bodies with no training other than seeing it done during a decade that he work as a driver at a funeral home, while Leal assumes the role of funeral director in her poor and often violent Maracaibo neighborhood, hoping to rid families of unnecessary misery she's seen too many times. AP
Community activist Carolina Leal uses a cell phone to light up the work area for Roberto Molero as he prepares the body of Teresa Jimenez, 91, after she died of natural causes in her home in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2019. Molero embalms bodies with no training other than seeing it done during a decade that he work as a driver at a funeral home, while Leal assumes the role of funeral director in her poor and often violent Maracaibo neighborhood, hoping to rid families of unnecessary misery she's seen too many times. AP
Sergio Morales, right, and Joelvis Cantillo, build a simple coffin at their furniture workshop in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2019. Two years ago the carpenters started building coffins for less than $100 instead of furniture due to the high demand for cheaper coffins. AP
Sergio Morales, right, and Joelvis Cantillo, build a simple coffin at their furniture workshop in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2019. Two years ago the carpenters started building coffins for less than $100 instead of furniture due to the high demand for cheaper coffins. AP
Cemetery worker Denny Pereyra rests momentarily while digging graves for children in an area of the municipal cemetery reserved for common graves in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 28, 2019. Death has become an overwhelming financial burden for many of Venezuela's poorest, who already struggle to find dignity in life. AP
Cemetery worker Denny Pereyra rests momentarily while digging graves for children in an area of the municipal cemetery reserved for common graves in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 28, 2019. Death has become an overwhelming financial burden for many of Venezuela's poorest, who already struggle to find dignity in life. AP
Roberto Parra carries the remains of his son Matias Alejandro alongside his wife Maria Isabel Parra and daughter Alejandra Parra at San Sebastian municipality cemetery before burying him in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Parra said his 19-day-old boy died after he was born with lung problems at a public hospital, where, after his wife was turned away from the first hospital, was left to deliver alone in a dirty chair before doctors rushed her up the stairs with her baby's head already exposed. Although the baby was born with respiratory problems, they were told to take him home because he could get sicker if they stayed. AP
Roberto Parra carries the remains of his son Matias Alejandro alongside his wife Maria Isabel Parra and daughter Alejandra Parra at San Sebastian municipality cemetery before burying him in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 27, 2019. Parra said his 19-day-old boy died after he was born with lung problems at a public hospital, where, after his wife was turned away from the first hospital, was left to deliver alone in a dirty chair before doctors rushed her up the stairs with her baby's head already exposed. Although the baby was born with respiratory problems, they were told to take him home because he could get sicker if they stayed. AP
People take part in a religious procession during the Virgin of Guadalupe day in Bobare, Lara state, Venezuela, on December 12, 2019. - Faced with the economic crisis and the mega-inflation that affects the country, Venezuelans opt for low-cost alcoholic beverages produced locally. AFP
People take part in a religious procession during the Virgin of Guadalupe day in Bobare, Lara state, Venezuela, on December 12, 2019. - Faced with the economic crisis and the mega-inflation that affects the country, Venezuelans opt for low-cost alcoholic beverages produced locally. AFP
Nolberto Ortega, president of the Council of Communal Residences Villa de Dios, poses for a portrait from behind the window of his apartment, which the government gave him as part of a program coined Mission Housing and features the eyes of former President Hugo Chavez in Cabimas, near Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 26, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. Once a center of the nation's vast oil wealth, production under two decades of socialist rule has plummeted to a fraction of its high, taking down with it residents' standard of living. AP
Nolberto Ortega, president of the Council of Communal Residences Villa de Dios, poses for a portrait from behind the window of his apartment, which the government gave him as part of a program coined Mission Housing and features the eyes of former President Hugo Chavez in Cabimas, near Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 26, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. Once a center of the nation's vast oil wealth, production under two decades of socialist rule has plummeted to a fraction of its high, taking down with it residents' standard of living. AP
A woman kisses a man on the cheek at a truck stop in the Galipan village in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. AP
A woman kisses a man on the cheek at a truck stop in the Galipan village in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. AP
A lone shoe sits on a display table at a store that was unable to reopen after the mall where it is located was looted during nation-wide blackouts in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 21, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. AP
A lone shoe sits on a display table at a store that was unable to reopen after the mall where it is located was looted during nation-wide blackouts in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 21, 2019. For many in Maracaibo, Venezuela's economic crash in the last five years hit especially hard. AP
People line up to refuel their vehicles at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 December 2019. The rows of vehicles waiting for hours in the different stations to get gasoline returned this Monday to Caracas, as supply failures occured again in several cities. EPA
People line up to refuel their vehicles at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 December 2019. The rows of vehicles waiting for hours in the different stations to get gasoline returned this Monday to Caracas, as supply failures occured again in several cities. EPA
A man reads a sign posted on a cristal window at a store in Sabana Grande Boulevard where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
A man reads a sign posted on a cristal window at a store in Sabana Grande Boulevard where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
 Pensioner Antonieta Adames waits in front of a supermarket that accepts payments in Petro tokens, in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela.  EPA
Pensioner Antonieta Adames waits in front of a supermarket that accepts payments in Petro tokens, in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
A woman uses a smartphone app to pay with Petro tokens at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
A woman uses a smartphone app to pay with Petro tokens at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, 28 December 2019 (issued 29 December 2019). Millions of pensioners and public servants received petro token handouts by Venezuelan President Maduro as a Christmas bonus. The Petro is a cryptocurrency issued by the government of Venezuela. EPA
People wait to shop at a supermarket in Chacao neighborhood where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
People wait to shop at a supermarket in Chacao neighborhood where the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, Petro, is accepted in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. AP
 A girl lights a firecracker on New Year's Eve in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A girl lights a firecracker on New Year's Eve in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A man sleeps outside a shop in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA
A man sleeps outside a shop in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, 31 December 2019. EPA


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