Left Behind: The State Neglect of Persons with Disabilities in Venezuela

Versión en Español San Cristobal, Venezuela. The start of the rainy season has many Venezuelans excited about the cold weather, especially after a long dry season as result of the natural phenomenon of El Niño, which has caused daily power outages and water supply shortages. However, each year the first signs of rain cause anxiety … Continue reading Left Behind: The State Neglect of Persons with Disabilities in Venezuela

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Lluvias, Vulnerabilidad y Abandono

English Version San Cristóbal, Venezuela. La llegada de la temporada de lluvias ha hecho que muchos tachirenses estén entusiasmados por el clima frío, especialmente después de atravesar una de las temporadas de sequía más severas, producto del fenómeno del Niño. Este efecto natural recurrente ha puesto en relieve problemas graves en la infraestructura termoeléctrica del … Continue reading Lluvias, Vulnerabilidad y Abandono

At The Start Line: The Venezuelan Presidential Revocatory

San Cristóbal, Venezuela. Under the midday heat, approximately 600 people are waiting in line, not an unusual feat for an average Venezuelan nowadays. Today, however, they are not waiting to purchase groceries, toilet paper or car parts, they are waiting to sign a national petition to execute a revocatory referendum against President Nicolás Maduro. According to … Continue reading At The Start Line: The Venezuelan Presidential Revocatory

No Medicines, No Treatment, No Hope

Capacho, Venezuela. Since four in the morning people with different ailments, physical disabilities and their family members have been gathering in a small hospital in Táchira, Venezuela, a bordering state with Colombia. Because free mobility between the two countries was severed seven months ago, we are hoping to receive an administrative authorization which will allow … Continue reading No Medicines, No Treatment, No Hope

Venezuela: A Week In The Lines

San Cristóbal, Venezuela. How long does it take you to buy groceries? For Venezuelans, this has become a rather difficult question to answer. Nowadays, many medium and low-income citizens find themselves waiting for hours in order to buy rice, toilet paper and many other essential goods. And it does not stop with groceries; medicines, car … Continue reading Venezuela: A Week In The Lines

Digital Storytelling on Scarcity in Venezuela

How long does it take you to buy toothpaste? For Venezuelans, this is a lengthy answer. You have to account for the amount of people outside of the store. And inside. Also, you have to take into consideration the day of the week in which the ending of your Venezuelan ID is allowed to purchase regulated goods, which varies … Continue reading Digital Storytelling on Scarcity in Venezuela

Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms

Last week NPR posted an article titled “San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They're Flush With Problems” and in it they describe how the installation of two prefabricated public restrooms in this California city has caused discomfort and mistrust amongst business owners and the general population. The reason of this uneasiness? Homeless individuals’ use … Continue reading Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms

Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups

Through our documentary series “Unwelcome” we have discussed some of the aspects of the systemic injustices committed against individuals experiencing homelessness in the state of Arizona. Whether it is the false claims of eradication of veteran chronic homelessness or the discrimination against prospective employees based solely on their homelessness state, we have taken a profound … Continue reading Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups

Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet”

“Getting back on your feet” is a phrase often heard by individuals experiencing homelessness whether it is from agencies, as the intended goal behind recovery and housing stability services, or from society, as its denounce on their apparent lack of self-reliance and “opportunism”. On Chapter 3, our participants discuss the experience of navigating supportive services and … Continue reading Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet”