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thirty six year old Tony is a security guard in crisis hit Venezuela with the monthly salary of less than ten US dollars for the past fifteen months whenever he's off duty he forges for food and trash bags left out on the streets of a wealthy neighborhood in Caracas the country's capital he's looking for anything from eggs and tomatoes even pieces of chicken or beef Tony has declined to show his face on camera he says his wife and four children don't exactly know how he finds the food he brings home %HESITATION hopefully I was working as a guard in the building and I saw people come they're collecting trash they found stuff to eat that's how it started I found food and thank god I continue to find it , Venezuela is in a deep economic and political crisis twenty situation is not uncommon in a country where fifty one percent of the population live in poverty according to a study published by three of the country's universities salaries cannot keep up with inflation which is now a two million percent annually Venezuelans diets are also becoming deficient and vitamins and protein as currency controls restrict food imports outside of restaurants in Caracas people rummage through trash bins as well as race after garbage trucks ready let's see what you find in the trash is what you eat we come here in the day because food comes out from here there are things that can be recycled and that's what there is to eat because of the disgrace of the situation with Maduro Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro ordered troops to block foreign aid in convoys from entering the country amid growing international pressure to step down in an interview and choose day Maduro shown a video of young Venezuelans eating out of a garbage truck he then cut the interview short and had the reporters briefly detained because their line of questioning reportedly upset him