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Mango Season

We call it mango season. It happens every year in the dry season when the fruit starts falling from the trees, abundant and generous to those who are hungry. In Venezuela this past year, its arrival was particularly heralded, as the pandemic wore away even more access to basic necessities in a country racked by deepening poverty and crisis. The United Nations’ World Food Program reports that one-third of Venezuelans suffer from food insecurity. The pandemic has made everyone especially vulnerable to a battered economy. Fuel shortages are common and halt food distribution. Job opportunities do exist, but barely. Dollars are the king currency, and very few people earn in dollars.

What everyone can count on is nature, with mango season among the gifts it provides. Venezuelans depend more than ever on mangoes. Before the crisis there were too many and they threw them to the trash; now they gather them all up. The lucky ones who can afford sugar make mango jelly, and those with flour make mango crumble. People these days are also eating a lot of bananas, plantains and papayas, and using wild herbs to season simple meals like rice and beans and cornmeal arepas. We grow peppers in our backyards.

I made these images while walking on the streets of Caracas, the capital, and smaller towns. One thing I observed on my long trips was that most Venezuelans eat fewer than two meals a day. People awaken late in the morning so they can skip breakfast and go directly to lunch. Water scarcity has made people bathe in nearby rivers; water plants are not working to capacity. All of this speaks eloquently to the national mismanagement of resources, but also demonstrates how the people solve everyday problems through sheer will and creativity. This time, when the economy halted, as it so often does, we looked outside and understood that our only chance was to go back to our roots.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.

Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something. His family lives from the land, since they don’t earn enough to buy food in a supermarket.