Venezuelans ‘Dying Slowly’ In Rat- And Roach-infested Homes

Sunlight cannot penetrate, the air is fetid and fellow residents include rats and cockroaches — but that’s how 14 families are “dying slowly” in government accommodation in Venezuela’s capital Caracas.

They live on the ground floor of a ministry building a stone’s throw from the Miraflores presidential palace.

“Here, we’re dying slowly. It’s shameful that humans” have to live this way, resident Johan Medina told AFP, as his skinny arms rested on the wheelchair he’s used since an accident seven years ago damaged his spine.

Norelis stands next to a bucket she uses as toilet in the room she where lives with her daughter, at a shelter located in the basement of the Sudameris public building in Caracas Norelis stands next to a bucket she uses as toilet in the room she where lives with her daughter, at a shelter located in the basement of the Sudameris public building in Caracas Photo: AFP / Cristian Hernandez

There are hundreds of families living in state-supplied shelters in crisis-wracked Venezuela.

Many lost their homes to flood damage, although six years of economic meltdown under President

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