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Photos: The Forgotten Old People Of Venezuela

In poignant and powerful photographs, Wil Riera draws attention to senior citizens in a country teetering on the brink.
A resident at the Mother Teresa of Calcutta senior home in Caracas. The people at the home were not reluctant to be photographed, says photojournalist Wil Riera: "They want to share their history, to have a voice." Source: Wil Riera

Venezuela is not a good place to grow old.

As president Nicolas Maduro starts his second term of office, the country is mired in an economic crisis that has brought the health-care system to the brink of collapse.

The lives of the elderly are more a battle to avoid calamity than a sweet retreat.

At least 85 percent

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