Friday, December 4

Coronavirus in Venezuela: the middle class towers in Caracas that due to the pandemic have become an “Arab market” for buying and selling


  • Herminia Fernandez
  • Caracas, special for BBC World

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Since mid-March, when the quarantine began in Venezuela, several residents of the El DanalMM residential complex began to sell food, detergents, liquors, desserts, medical supplies, among other products.

Nurses who prepare and sell yogurt, law students who offer medical supplies and young people with a liquor store in their living room.

The Residencial El DanalMM complex, located in the northwest of the Venezuelan capital, is made up of two towers with a total of 180 apartments. Of these, 123 are sold food, detergents, liquors, desserts, medical supplies …

Rut Hernández, a law student in her last year, comes down every week from the 19th to the 12th floor of her building to buy the Greek yogurt prepared by Jasmín Castillo, a former nurse.

“The towers have become an Arab market where everything is sold. We have a chat (on whatsapp) of the building’s condominium and through there I receive hundreds of daily publications of what is available to buy,” Castillo tells BBC Mundo.

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