The Aragua Train extended its criminal control to strategic areas of Venezuela, such as the Orinoco mining arc, where it imposed itself as the de facto authority. Ronna Rísquez describes what she found in the state of Bolívar.
In 2021, one of Caracas’s most marginalized neighbourhoods was the scene of an unprecedented intervention by state security forces to tackle a notorious criminal gang that had controlled the area for nearly seven years. People living in Cota 905 now say the police is targeting them for money.
The murder of three reporters in 2018 marked a milestone in the escalation of crime in Ecuador. Five years later, violence at the hands of criminal organizations and a lack of government protection are pushing many to self-censor or leave the country, creating serious information gaps. These are their stories.