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Poor Venezuelan Parents Give Away Their Kids Amid Crisis

Welfare groups confirmed an increase in parents handing children over to the state, charities or friends and family



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    People carry goods purchased in Colombia on their way to cross the international border bridge back to Venezuela on Oct. 4, 2016, in Cucuta, Colombia. The dire economic crisis in Venezuela sends thousands of Venezuelans daily across the international border bridge to Cucuta, Colombia, to purchase food, medicine and other desperately needed supplies. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called the situation in Venezuela a 'humanitarian crisis'.

    In the midst of a fraying social fabric, a deep recession and soaring inflation, Venezuelans are fighting to live through their country's economic crisis. Some are smuggling goods in from other nations, and some are giving away their children in hopes the kids could have a better life.

    One of those parents is Zulay Pulgar, who struggled to feed herself and her seven children on her father's pension, worth $6 a month at the black market rate. She asked a neighbor in October to take over care of her six-year-old daughter, NBC News reported.

    "It's better that she has another family than go into prostitution, drugs or die of hunger," the 43-year-old unemployed mother said, sitting outside her dilapidated home with her five-year-old son, father and unemployed husband.

    The country's prices for many basic goods are surpassing those in the United States. And with average wages less than the equivalent of $50 a month at black market rates, three local councils and four national welfare groups all confirmed an increase in parents handing children over to the state, charities or friends and family.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)