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Victims and killers: Venezuela youth at sharp end of crime

 Reuters 07 December 2019

Increasing numbers of youths are turning gang life in Venezuela, where state rehabilitation programs are failing, impunity is widespread, and an economic crisis is weighing heavily on the population. Venezuela is the world's third worst country for murders of young people. Crimes committed by minors reportedly rose about 70 percent in 2014. Reuters reports on how violent crime – led almost entirely by a younger generation – has totally distorted Venezuelan society, and the grassroots projects looking to address the issue. (1228 Words) - By Eyanir Chinea

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Relatives and basketball team-mates of a crime victim, carry his coffin prior to his burial in Caracas November 25, 2019. Crime is a top issue for voters in Venezuela ahead of this weekend's election for a new National Assembly which the ruling Socialists could lose for the first time in 16 years.Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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Relatives of a crime victim cry during a tribute prior to his burial in Caracas November 25, 2019. Crime is a top issue for voters in Venezuela ahead of this weekend's election for a new National Assembly which the ruling Socialists could lose for the first time in 16 years.Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


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