Venezuela’s doctors and patients share tales of despair and dismay

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Published on 05 Dec 2018 View Original

MARACAIBO/Venezuela, 5 December 2018

‘We feel very helpless because there is nothing’

Maracaibo, the once-opulent heart of Venezuela’s oil industry, now resembles a ghost town.

At the entrance to University Hospital blue rubbish bags are piled high and spill out on the roadway. A dozen black cats prowl, brazenly sniffing at the trash. Neglect has potholed the road; the sprawling modernist building is missing windows and paint is peeling.

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