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Venezuelan government confiscates donated medicine for the people

People queue to buy basic food and household items outside a supermarket in the poor neighbourhood of Lidice, in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 31, 2016. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Under the crushing weight of President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government, Venezuela is collapsing at breakneck speeds. Citizens are having an incredibly hard time finding things as simple as milk or toilet paper. Purchasing something as mundane as flour could cost you a month's pay if you head to the black market. Women are sterilizing themselves in order to avoid bringing children into the world.

Medicine is bordering on nonexistent.

So to help alleviate the problem of having little in the way of medicine, a Catholic group called "Caritas" shipped in a sizable cargo care package of 75,000 packets of medicine and food supplements.

According to ABS-CBN, this shipment was seized by the Venezuelan government after it claimed that the cargo was "unauthorized."

"The merchandise arrived without a permit. It does not fulfill the requirements to be distributed in this country," the department said on Twitter.

Caritas Venezuela president Janeth Marquez said the medicine arrived in the country in August.

Customs said that since the right papers had still not been filed, the cargo had been declared abandoned and the medicine handed over to the national social security service.

Caritas claims the donations came from Chile, and that authorities at the health ministry had not responded to requests for permission to distribute the medicine at all.

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