The Archbishop of Ciudad Bolivar, His Exc. Mgr. Ulises Antonio Gutiérrez Reyes, O. de M. complained that every day there are more and more people rummaging in the garbage looking for food, because they have nothing to put on their table.
"And we are not talking about homeless people or beggars, but of men,
women and children looking for food", said Mgr. Gutierrez speaking to
the local press.
The Archbishop stated that it is not a situation of a few, but there are
hundreds of families in Ciudad Bolivar that have nothing to eat. Low
wages and high food costs do not allow families to eat regularly.
"I recently met a gentleman who was looking for food in the garbage, and
chatting with him he told me he works, but his salary does not allow
him to feed his children", said Mgr. Gutierrez, who also noted that the
number of people who beg on the streets has increased.
"Many people arrive in the archbishopric every day in search of food and
medicine", he said, now the archbishopric has become a point of
exchange and distribution of medicines. Caritas Venezuela has so far
been able to cope with the lack of health remedies, "but there are more
and more people in search of drugs".
The government does not want to see this situation, said the Archbishop,
while the Catholic community began the campaign "Share" on Ash
Wednesday destined to bring food to the poor in parishes: "In one of our
parishes up to 600 meals a day are distributed".
In conclusion Mgr. Gutierrez said that the Venezuelan people do not
deserve to live like this, being a country with so many resources, "I
think this government is administering the resources and wealth of the
country in a very bad manner", he commented.