Nueva Esparta - Venezuela
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Nueva Esparta - Venezuela

"For Europeans, South America is a man with a mustache, a guitar and a revolver," writes Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his novel "The Colonel has no one to write to him.“ And in fact, this continent stands for music, dance and the joy of life. On the other hand, also for machismo, drugs, state arbitrariness and boundless violence. It is no coincidence that the list of countries with the highest murder rate in the world of Brazil is cited. Caracas, on the other hand, is the top ranking in the ranking of cities with the highest killing rate. 41 cities in Latin America are among the 50 most dangerous cities in the world. The business with drugs, corruption and violence is flourishing. Politics is as much a part of these conditions as the state apparatus with its officials, the economy, or the mighty wooden barons and landowners. Whether the current development in Brazil or Venezuela will therefore meet the hope of many to a profound change must be waited.

In all this, however, it should not be forgotten that most people in South-America, of course, are hard-working, decent people who are trying to pursue an honest work that feeds them. Outside the cities, in the countryside, these people may be simple fishermen, car mechanics or small farmers who carry the vegetables they have harvested in the morning with their children in the field in a plastic bucket and bring them to the market. They live and celebrate in villages called San Francisco. Many people in the country are self-employed, who catch the fish for their own food and use a machete to cut the weeds on the edge of the road for a badly paid casual job as a street worker. When it gets cool, at night, they sit under a lantern and play in the sparse light Domino. The tobacco for their cigars they build themselves and at noon also sit women with a self-turned Puro in the shadow of their entrance door in front of the house while the badly trained youths dream at a Coke of a well-paid job in the USA.

Andreas Gleich 30.07.2017