By Noelani Kirschner/ShareAmerica September 02, 2020 The illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro has thrust 96 percent of Venezuelans into poverty, a new study found.The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, in Spanish), published by researchers at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, shows that poverty levels in Venezuela spiked during 2019, officially rendering it the poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean.In 2019, the average income in Venezuela was 72 cents per day. Based purely on income, the report says, 96 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty and 70 percent live in extreme poverty.“The results of ENCOVI are a sad reflection of the reality of Venezuela’s people,” said Interim President Juan Guaidó. “They are not isolated numbers, nor cold numbers, but the reflection of what we Venezuelans are suffering at this moment.”The study also calculated multidimensional poverty by looking at several other factors in addition to income, such as access to education and public services. By those measures, 64.8 percent of households in Venezuela live in poverty. In 2018, the report says, those numbers were 13 percent lower, illustrating how much further Maduro has sunk the Venezuelan economy in the past year.“Venezuela has moved considerably away from its South American peers, approaching the situation that some countries on the African continent have,” the report says.Only 3 percent of households in Venezuela are considered food secure, compared to 10 percent of households in 2018, according to the report. That means 97 percent of Venezuelans are unsure of where their next meal will come from or when it will arrive.
RelatedPosts FC Barcelona appoint Koeman as new coach Barca president confirms Koeman appointment Barca sack sporting director Eric Abidal Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez says he hopes to return to the Spanish club as head coach when the timing is right and that his technical team are already preparing for it.Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January. Barca are two points behind leaders Real Madrid with six matches remaining in the campaign.“The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways,” Spanish daily Sport quoted Xavi as saying in a video call where the 40-year-old outlined his plans for the future.Xavi said he hoped to begin from scratch if he took over.He said: “I’m a club man. I would like to return at the right moment to start a project from zero.“I’ve said it a lot of times but I want to take footballing decisions at Barcelona. “It’s clear that after the elections the stage would be set, of course. I’m not ruling anything out.“They came for me in January, we were speaking. I told them the circumstances and timing weren’t right.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Al SaddErnesto ValverdeQuique SetienXavi Hernandez