Caracas. The Q Crisis

When a life in a queue is a nightmare come true

High inflation, continuos blackouts, hospitals without medications, endless queues out of supermarkets and the capital, Caracas, declared the “most dangerous town in the world”.

Venezuela is living one of its worst moments: corruption, devastating policies and the oil price drop put the whole country on its knees. The government has been forced to control the prices of necessary goods, and most people stay in perennial queues out of almost empty supermarkets.

Queues are ruled by your ID: if the number ends with “1”, or “2”, you can be queueing on Mondays, if with “3” or “4” on Tuesdays, and so on. Queues are needed for everything: water, sugar, salt, eggs, olive oil, milk, coffee, pasta, rice, flour, and quite often people are queuing from morning to night. It also happens that after many hours in line what you need is no more available, probably bought by a bachaquero (little ant), as here those operating in the black market are called. Half a kilogram of soap may pass from 36 bolivars to 400, a kilogram of flour from 19 bolivars to 300. This way, for some, crisis become business.