This is a country where – despite having the largest oil reserves in the world – the state oil company PDVSA is on the brink of collapse due to mismanagement by its socialist government.
New York Times:
Armed robbers knock on windows of cars stuck in traffic and say, “Give me everything.” Men snatch cellphones and jewelry from passing pedestrians. Kidnappers follow people home in their cars at night, and demand ransoms from their families.
Making it safely through the day in Venezeula’s capital, Caracas, one of the world’s most dangerous cities, requires a careful mix of planning and precaution. As the Venezuelan economy has crumbled, rising crime has created what one local group called a “feeling of permanent and silent fear.” Here’s how four middle-class residents told us they try to stay safe.
From CIW NEWS Contributor with credit to Drudge Report
Venezuela (VE) is estimated to have a population of 31.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.2 million.