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Venezuela is entering its seventh day of a power blackout, which has left homes without water.

On Monday, Reuters reported that Venezuelans are so desperate for drinking water that they’ve resorted to using sewage drains to hydrate themselves.

Venezuelans were hit by the blackout on Thursday.

President Nicolás Maduro blames the widespread blackout on an alleged covert American attack, but critics of the socialist leader say the blackout is his fault.

In response to the blackouts, Maduro closed schools and government agencies.

Lilibeth Tejedor, a Venezuelan citizen, said that she began using a drain pipe feeding sewage into a river in Caracas for her water supply.

The 28-year-old woman wasn’t the only one to fill up plastic containers of water — many others gathered at the ravine for the same reason.

Reuters reported that the water coming from the drain pipe was clear, but noted that it was traveling through unsanitary pipes, and the government said the water should only be used for flushing toilets and cleaning floors.

“Those who gathered to collect it said the water had been released by local authorities from reservoirs,” Reuters reporters Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera wrote. However, state-run reservoirs are running dangerously low.

Tejedor said that she has three small children in her care who desperately need water.

“I’ve never even seen this before,” she said. “It’s horrible, horrible. … The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?”

Many of Tejedor’s fellow Venezuelans are beginning to worry about a rampant spread of disease due to drinking possibly contaminated water and the inability to clean anything — including themselves — properly.

Gladys Martinez is another woman affected by the blackouts.

“They’re killing us with hunger and thirst,” she said.

Jose Velez, another man who ventured down to the river to collect runoff, said, “I’m not interested in these politicians, they never agree on anything. I want my life to go back to normal.”

On Tuesday, Maduro said that the power will be brought back online “little by little.”

“It isn’t easy,” Maduro said, noting that the country would “recover slowly.” Maduro also said he believed “more attacks” could be imminent.

“We are on the right side of history,” he insisted. “We are on the way to a great victory from the greatest blow ever delivered to Venezuela.”

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Art LaPella

    March 15, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Is that cleaner than the river?

  2. Mickey

    March 15, 2019 at 5:44 am

    A peak at America’s future of we elect a socialist!!

  3. James Ruddy

    March 15, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Keep voting democrat and you won’t have to read about this, you and your family will get to experience it first hand.

  4. Grace Joy

    March 15, 2019 at 8:30 am

    The billionaires of Venezuela should buy a bunch of Berkey filters for the people. I can see Omar, AOC, & Tlaib calling for USA to bring in millions to “save”them.

  5. Linda

    March 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I am waiting on AOC and her handlers to explain why this is the perfect life for Americans.

  6. Thin

    March 16, 2019 at 7:15 am

    This is the future of America according to AOC and the DemocRATS! America wake up and walk away from Democrats, please. Seen enough to walk away!

  7. Silas Longshot

    March 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I’ll have to say that these people are handling their incredibly bad situation pretty well, but I’m thinking if they had the 2nd amendment rights of the USA, the armed rebellion would have already been over with before it got to this level. I suspect that soon, however, the people will rise up with bare hands and sticks against their cops and military. When you’ve got 10,000 people who have nothing left to lose choosing maybe a quick death in an uprising over a long, slow death in the barrios, against a line of a dozen cops, armed though they are, they will be overrun, but large numbers of people will die, of course. The cops bodies will then be stripped of weapons, armor and gear, and the next barricade will go down quicker.

  8. Polky

    March 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Send Bernie,Occasia and the two Muslims elected to live down there

  9. Clyde

    March 18, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hey AOC or ASS H, do you still think socialism is so wonderful? The only reason these people are in this degraded state is because they have no second amendment right to own guns to protect themselves from tyrannical socialist dictators. This is what AOC wants for America, and she intends to be the tyrant in power. Wake up America, otherwise our days of freedom are numbered!

  10. Jim

    March 19, 2019 at 6:54 am

    pay attention America as soon as the democrats are allowed to confiscate our weapons and do away with the 2A this is the ONLY outcome possible for the SSA Socialist States of America

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