The media reports of immense human suffering in our nearest neighbour Venezuela are and should be a cause for great alarm. In view of the recent United States’ sanctions against the Nicolas Maduro government, media commentators, social scientists and ordinary Venezuelans alike believe that our oil-rich neighbour is on the brink of financial and social collapse.
In recent months it has been widely reported that most people in urban centres were getting by with only two meals a day and that people were dying in State-run hospitals for want of basic medicines. Sadly, the situation can only get worse given the present trajectory.
We in Trinidad and Tobago are called to a moral mindfulness of this unfolding humanitarian disaster. Globalism and regionalism must not fail the Venezuelan people in their hour of need. The Donald Trump rhetoric of “America First” is not the only blow to globalism. A lack of moral mindfulness of what is taking place in Venezuela, or in any place wrecked by war and hunger, is also a deadly blow to globalism and regionalism.