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In response to dramatic food shortages facing Venezuela, hundreds of women stormed through the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Tuesday.
Inflation in prices from the economic crisis has made it difficult to find basic groceries, so about five hundred women have taken things into their own hands, doing the shopping in Colombia.
A woman told a local Cucuta newspaper about their decision: “We decided to cross the border because there’s no food in our homes and our children are hungry.”
The Guardian reports that if they had bought the groceries in Venezuela, they would have paid over ten times the price for simple goods like toilet paper, cooking oil and corn flour.
Though the border between Colombia and Venezuela had been closed in August 2015 to stop smugglers, the defence ministers of both countries are currently in talks to think about reopening it.
The women marched back to their country, groceries in hand, singing the national anthem.