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VENEZUELA'S FOOD SHORTAGE FORCES MANY PEOPLE TO EAT FROM TRASH WHILE PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO RE


In this June 3, 2016 photo, a boy carries two pineapples he found in the trash area of the Coche public market in Caracas, Venezuela.

Staples such as corn flour and cooking oil are subsidized, costing pennies at the strongest of two official exchange rates.

But fruit and vegetables have become an unaffordable luxury for many Venezuelan families. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano

Venezuela's food shortage forces many people to eat from garbage bins

They are joined by small business owners, college students and pensioners — people who consider themselves middle class even though their living standards have long ago been pulverized by triple-digit inflation, food shortages and a collapsing currency.

In this June 2, 2016 photo, a man eats a guanabana he found in a garbage bag outside a supermarket in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. People who consider themselves middle class even though their living standards have long ago been pulverized by triple-digit inflation, food shortages and a collapsing currency converge on the Caracas sidewalk to pick through rotten fruit and vegetables tossed out by nearby shops. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this May 31, 2016 photo, Pedro Hernandez, left, and his friend Luis Daza, pick up tomatoes from the trash area of the Coche public market in Caracas, Venezuela.

At Coche, even once middle class Venezuelans made desperate by the country's economic collapse have taken to sifting through the trash to resell or feed themselves on discarded fruits and vegetables. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

A teenage girl pictured June 2, 2016 cleans up discarded cilantro stalks collected from trash bags outside a supermarket in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.

While some search through the garbage piles for food they can eat, many more are drawn by the opportunity to fetch a few bolivar bills by rescuing and reselling bruised produce. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this May 31, 2016 photo, Antonio Gutierrez who works driving a cart rests next to vegetables and fruits he and a friend collected from the trash of the Coche public market in Caracas, Venezuela. While some search through the garbage piles for food they can eat, many more are drawn by the opportunity to fetch a few bolivar bills by rescuing and reselling bruised produce. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this May 31, 2016 photo, pieces of watermelon litter the trash area of the Coche public market in Caracas, Venezuela. Staples such as corn flour and cooking oil are subsidized, costing pennies at the strongest of two official exchange rates. But fruit and vegetables have become an unaffordable luxury for many Venezuelan families. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this May 31, 2016 photo, Julio Noguera leaves the Coche public market after collecting discarded vegetables from the trash area in Caracas, Venezuela. Until recently, Noguera worked at a bakery. But he now spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this May 31, 2016, photo, Pedro Hernandez culls through discarded tomatoes from the trash area of the Coche public market in Caracas, Venezuela.

At Coche, even once middle class Venezuelans made desperate by the country's economic collapse have taken to sifting through the trash to resell or feed themselves on discarded fruits and vegetables. AP Photo/Fernando Llano

This June 2, 2016 photo shows a pregnant woman who did not want to be named, holding a pineapple in one hand as she continues to pick through garbage bags outside a supermarket in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.

Unemployed people converge every dusk at the trash heap to pick through rotten fruit and vegetables tossed out by nearby shops. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

My opinion- I don't understand why president Nicolas Maduro refused foreign aid, while his fellow citizens starve, I guess it's pride.

What do you think about Vanezuela's president Nicolas Maduro's decision not to accept foreign aid?