The first time I couldn’t buy food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register I noticed I’d forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the government rationing system would let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed.
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In Venezuela, it came on early Thursday evening to a large-scale power outage. This was reported by several local media and eyewitnesses in social networks. The failure affected next to the capital Caracas 15 out of the 23 states in the country, as emerged from the messages.