A Venezuelan soldier watches over cargo trucks leaving the port in Puerto Cabello, which handles the majority of the country's food imports. Across the chain of command, from high-level generals to the lowest foot soldiers, military officials are using their growing power over the food supply to siphon off wealth for themselves. Ricardo Nunes/AP hide caption

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As Venezuelans Go Hungry, The Military Is Trafficking In Food

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A man shows 100-Bolivar notes while crossing the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, linking Urena, in Venezuela and Cucuta, in Colombia Saturday, despite the border closing order issued by the Venezuelan government. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People wait at the border in Maicao, Colombia, just across from Venezuela. Venezuelans used to come to buy TVs, computers and other expensive goods. But with the Venezuelan economy in ruins, they now come to buy basic items like rice and sugar. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Venezuelans Used To Cross Borders For Luxuries; Now It's For Toilet Paper

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Lilian Tintori, wife of prominent jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, waves a Venezuelan flag during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schemidt /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Riot police confront students opposed to President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Monday. Pope Francis met with Maduro on Monday night to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Earlier this month in Caracas, Venezuela, people protested conditions set by electoral authorities for a recall referendum to go forward against President Nicolas Maduro. Alejandro Cegarra/AP hide caption

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A private entrepreneur who sells house and kitchen supplies waits for customers in May at his home in Havana. Austerity measures in Cuba and a drop in subsidized fuel from Venezuela are hampering the economy. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

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Activists opposed to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro march in Caracas on Thursday. The opposition and the government headed into a crucial test of strength with massive marches for and against a referendum to recall Maduro. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lilian Tintori, second row center, in white top, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, takes part in a demonstration in Caracas on Aug. 31. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Venezuela's 'Millionaire' Contestants, Winnings Amount To A Few Bucks

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Hugo d'Alessandro is pictured with his mother and grandmother. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 10 years old. Treatment is difficult in Venezuela; his mother says the drugs he needs aren't always available. Lulu Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Is Venezuela Having A Health Care Crisis? It Depends On Whom You Ask

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters as he walks with his wife Cilia Flores in the capital Caracas on July 5, Venezuela's Independence Day. As the country's crisis has deepened, Maduro has lost support, but the military remains on his side. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's Embattled President Loses Support, But Clings To Power

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Venezuelans wait in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to cross the border with Colombia during a rare 12-hour opening Sunday. Thousands of Venezuelans crossed to buy food and medicine. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Colombia-Venezuela Border: Open To Smugglers, Closed To The Desperate

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People line up to buy goods at a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 13. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Economic Implosion Exacerbates Inequality

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