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Venezuelans face acute shortage of basic necessities amid oil rout

A woman holding her baby next to a large stock of diapers in Caracas this month. Queueing for things as basic as diapers, coffee, soap or shampoo has become daily fare in the country.


WITH long, everyday waits in line to buy milk or toilet paper, Venezuela's economic crisis is proving ever more painful, as President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government struggles with the inflation-wracked, collapsing economy.

"This country never was like this. Before,