Why are millions fleeing Venezuela?

The Guardian - Dec 06, 03:00 GMT

Twenty years on from the election of Hugo Chávez, his legacy faces ruin. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country after a political crisis became a humanitarian one

Twenty years on from the election of Hugo Chávez, his legacy faces ruin. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country after a political crisis became a humanitarian one. The Guardian’s Tom Phillips witnesses how a once booming economy has turned so sour. Plus: Mona Chalabi on the chronic lack of diversity in Britain’s police

The economic collapse of Venezuela has left 90% of its population in poverty. Already, millions of people have fled across the country’s borders. Twenty years after Hugo Chávez declared Venezuela’s rebirth, the country is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.

The Guardian’s Tom Phillips travelled to the capital, Caracas, where he found residents who once revered Chávez now raging against the state the country finds itself in under his successor, Nicolás Maduro.

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