Venezuela's signs of crisis
Injured activists struggle to heal: Venezuelans hurt in fierce anti-Maduro protests struggle to heal, their injuries from tear gas canisters, gunshots and water cannons compounded by medicine shortages. Jofre Rodriguez, 18, who was injured during a...more
Maduro sponsors new constituent assembly: Venezuela's new legislative superbody was criticized by South American governments and Washington after giving itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress while ex-top prosecutor...more
Military uprising: In a dramatic escalation of Venezuela's political crisis, a group of current and former military officials looted weapons during a weekend raid on a military base near the city of Valencia in August 2017 after they called for a...more
Police officer stages helicopter attack: A Venezuelan police officer staged a helicopter attack on government buildings in Caracas in June 2017, hijacking a helicopter and flying through Caracas pulling a "Freedom" banner. He opened fire and dropped...more
Deadly protests since April: More than 125 people have died in protests since the start of April 2017. Venezuelan security forces and pro-government groups were believed responsible for the deaths of at least 73 demonstrators since April, the United...more
Injured protesters face another woe -- finding medicine: Demonstrators injured in Venezuela's often violent street protests are facing additional hardship: how to get treatment in a crisis-hit country where basics like antibiotics and painkillers are...more
Venezuelan lawmakers beaten and besieged: Pipe-wielding government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on July 5, 2017, witnesses said, attacking and besieging lawmakers. The melee injured seven opposition politicians....more
Drug shortages: Venezuela's brutal recession is worsening shortages of medicines from painkillers to chemotherapy drugs. With 85 of every 100 medicines now missing in Venezuela, anti-convulsants are among the toughest drugs to find, Venezuela's main...more
Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood: Finding domestic gas cylinders has become increasingly difficult, forcing residents to cook with firewood in the country with the world's largest oil reserves. Oil industry analysts...more
Indigenous Venezuelans seek relief in Brazil: Facing hunger and hardship in their villages along Venezuela's Caribbean coast, hundreds of indigenous Warao are now trying their luck on the gritty streets of Manaus, Brazil's Amazonian metropolis. The...more
Trump sanctions seek to halt financing for 'dictatorship': President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 25 that prohibits dealings in new debt from the Venezuelan government or its state oil company in an effort to halt financing that...more
Women choose sterilization: A growing number of young women are reluctantly opting for sterilizations rather than face the hardship of pregnancy and child-rearing. Traditional contraceptives like condoms or birth control pills have virtually vanished...more
Parents give away their children: With average wages less than the equivalent of $50 a month at black market rates, three local councils and four national welfare groups all confirmed an increase in parents handing children over to the state,...more
Santa isn't coming: As the crisis makes food scarce for millions of Venezuelans, many families cannot buy their children Christmas presents, decorate their home, or even host a holiday dinner. With a recent currency depreciation pumping up prices...more
Increased number of abandoned pets: Venezuelans struggling to feed their families, let alone their pets, during the country's deep economic crisis are increasingly abandoning emaciated dogs in streets, public parks and makeshift shelters because...more
The shelves are bare: Despite sitting on the world's biggest oil reserves, Venezuela is in the throes of a punishing recession that has many poor families skipping meals amid scarce food and triple-digit inflation. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Children illustrate their hunger: Depicting their latest meals, some students drew just mangoes and plantains. This student wrote, "Ate corn cake with cheese for breakfast; had spaghetti with egg for lunch and a cookie for dinner" and that pizza was...more
Tropical fruits provide lifeline: Venezuela's mango season provided some relief during worsening food shortages that are forcing the poor to skip meals and sparking a rash of lootings. Facing Soviet-style food lines for increasingly scarce products...more
Students and teachers ditch school: Education is no longer a priority for many poor and middle-class Venezuelans who are swept up in the all-consuming quest for food amid a wave of looting and riots. Between 30 percent and 40 percent of Venezuelan...more
Crossing the border to buy necessities: Some people traveled across Venezuela to line up overnight hoping to cross into Colombia when the border was reopened in August 2016 to buy food and other basics that are in short supply at home. REUTERS/Carlos...more
Zoo animals go hungry: Dozens of animals starved to death at one of Venezuela's main zoos due to chronic food shortages in July 2016. In August 2017, authorities investigated the theft of two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to...more
Deadly health risks: Shortages of basic drugs and vaccines, emigration of underpaid doctors, and crumbling infrastructure have made it easier for diseases to spread, medical associations said. Many poor and middle-class Venezuelans also have weakened...more
A backdrop of uncertainty: Maduro is struggling to weather a political crisis that has shaken his government, led to months of violent protests and his being accused of trying to establish a dictatorship through a new structure for the government...more
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