Sunday, 22 July 2012

The invisible beings

In August 1998, six months before the election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela, official figures released by polling company Datanálisis revealed that of a population of 22,789,025 of the country's inhabitants, the number of people within the D and E sectors (structural and critical poverty) reached 77%, which meant that more than two thirds of Venezuelans were miserable, of which more than 7 million children had no home or school, and of these more than 4 million endured severe malnutrition. 
These were the invisible beings, heirs of other invisible beings, a thousand times betrayed.
Everything that was done or undone in the course of half a century to change this devastation was not only pointless or mendacios: the devastation had increased to such proportions that it politically devoured its creators.
While the invisible beings -invisible to official history, individualist paroxysm and frivolous insensibility- struggled to survive in neglect and excluded from almost any human right, others by contrast, performative and visible, either in their own right or through their proxies, assaulted and plundered the public treasury and properties that belonged to the common good, in cahoots with the powerful and with debased civil servants, until they left the country and its people in such a state of agony as that denounced by the aforementioned figures and realities.
Such iniquities heralded these insurrections, at the victorious helm of which Hugo Chavez has been elected by our people time and time again.
Because, from then on, the invisible beings became visible.
And I now hope forever.
Gustavo Pereira

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