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'Santa Claus isn't coming,' recession-hit Venezuelans tell kids

December 20, 2016
in Kids

Santa Claus walks during a visit to residents of the slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino As a harrowing economic crisis makes food scarce for millions of Venezuelans, many families cannot buy their children Christmas presents, decorate their home, or even host a holiday dinner. The oil-rich country is suffering the third year of a recession that has sparked product shortages and galloping inflation. With a recent currency depreciation pumping up prices even higher, some parents are simply canceling Christmas. "Last year I bought everything for my daughter," said Dileida Palacios, a 40-year-old hairdresser dressed in black to mourn her son killed in crime-rife Venezuela a few weeks ago. "This year I had to tell her everything is tough and Santa Claus isn't coming." Like Palacios, about 38.5 percent of Venezuelans think this Christmas will be worse than last...

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