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Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves

5 monthes ago   |   By National Post

CARACAS, Venezuela - He enlisted in Venezuela's National Guard to earn a ticket out of poverty. But little more than two years later, his monthly pay is worth only about $2, forcing him to moonlight at a tire shop, and he has put in for a discharge.
“I don't know what everybody else does to survive,” said Ruben, a 21-year-old sergeant, who fearing retaliation agreed to speak about his situation only if his last name was not revealed. “If I don't get out of this, I'll starve to death.”
Not even Venezuela's once-proud military is immune to the oil-rich country's deepening economic crisis of...
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