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Crisis forces some Venezuelan parents to give away children
With average wages less than the equivalent of $50 a month at black market rates there is an increase in parents handing children over to the state, charities or friends and family.
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December 15, 2016
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, rest in a coffee shop with her son Emmanuel, 4, after standing in line to buy cement...
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Zulay Pulgar rests in a coffee shop with her son Emmanuel after standing in line to buy cement in a hardware...
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, rest in a coffee shop with her son Emmanuel, 4, after standing in line to buy cement in a hardware store in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. The family lives on Pulgar's father's pension, worth $6 a month at the black market rate, in a country where prices for many basic goods are surpassing those in the United States.

"It's better that she has another family than go into prostitution, drugs or die of hunger," the 43-year-old unemployed mother said, sitting outside her dilapidated home with her five-year-old son, father and unemployed husband. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Zulay Pulgar (R), 43, holds her son Emmanuel, 4, next to her husband Maikel Cuauro (L), 30, and her father...
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Zulay Pulgar, holds her son Emmanuel, next to her husband Maikel Cuauro and her father Juan Pulgar while...
Zulay Pulgar (R), 43, holds her son Emmanuel, 4, next to her husband Maikel Cuauro (L), 30, and her father Juan Pulgar, 73, while they pose for a portrait in their house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Struggling to feed herself and her seven children, Venezuelan mother Zulay Pulgar asked a neighbor in October to take over care of her six-year-old daughter, a victim of a pummeling economic crisis. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, stands in line outside a hardware store, next to her son Emmanuel, to buy cement...
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Zulay Pulgar, stands in line outside a hardware store, next to her son Emmanuel, to buy cement and resell...
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, stands in line outside a hardware store, next to her son Emmanuel, to buy cement and resell it in Punto Fijo, Venezuela.

Pulgar said just one chicken meal would now burn up half its monthly income. Breakfast is often just bread and coffee, with rice alone for both lunch and dinner.

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December 15, 2016
Zulay Pulgar, 43, cooks a meal in her house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Every day at the social services...
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Zulay Pulgar cooks a meal in her house in Punto Fijo
Zulay Pulgar, 43, cooks a meal in her house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Every day at the social services center in Carirubana, which oversees Pulgar's case, more than a dozen parents plead for help taking care of their children in this isolated, arid corner of Venezuela with a shaky water supply and little food. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Juan Pulgar, 73, holds a picture of himself taken about a year ago, as he poses for a portrait in his...
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Juan Pulgar holds a picture of himself taken about a year ago, as he poses for a portrait in his house...
Juan Pulgar, 73, holds a picture of himself taken about a year ago, as he poses for a portrait in his house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, gives Venezuelan bolivar notes to her husband Maikel Cuauro, 30, in their house...
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Zulay Pulgar gives Venezuelan bolivar notes to her husband Maikel Cuauro in their house in Punto Fijo...
Zulay Pulgar (C), 43, gives Venezuelan bolivar notes to her husband Maikel Cuauro, 30, in their house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Juan Pulgar, 73, sits in a chair as he rests in his house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia...
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Juan Pulgar sits in a chair as he rests in his house in Punto Fijo
Juan Pulgar, 73, sits in a chair as he rests in his house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Emmanuel Cuauro, plays with a ball next to his parents Zulay Pulgar (R), 43, and Maikel Cuauro, 30, in...
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Emmanuel Cuauro plays with a ball next to his parents Zulay Pulgar and Maikel Cuauro in their house in...
Emmanuel Cuauro, plays with a ball next to his parents Zulay Pulgar (R), 43, and Maikel Cuauro, 30, in their house in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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December 15, 2016
Emmanuel Cuauro, sits on the sidewalk next to his mother Zulay Pulgar, as they make a line outside the...
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Emmanuel Cuauro seats on the sidewalk next to his mother Zulay Pulgar, as they make a line outside the...
Emmanuel Cuauro, sits on the sidewalk next to his mother Zulay Pulgar, as they make a line outside the hardware store to buy cement and re-sell it in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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