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In Caracas - The Business Of Death
A perpetually edgy city, Caracas' murder rate has shot up in recent years to become one of the world's worst. Both Venezuela's official national rate of 39 deaths a year per 100,000 people and an NGO tally of double that make the country an international leader in homicides, vying with gang-plagued nations such as Honduras and El Salvador. Some 100 undertakers' businesses, legal and illegal, have sprung up around Caracas in recent years. Nor is there a lack of demand for tomb-chisellers, flower-sellers, permit-handlers and a plethora of other mini-businesses purveying to death. Caracas based photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins spent over a year documenting trade associated with death.
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February 20, 2014
Oswaldo Rivas (L) and Jhonny Aguilar prepare the corpse of a male gunshot victim at an undertaker's morgue...
Caracas, Venezuela
Rivas and Aguilar prepare the corpse of a male gunshot victim at an undertaker's morgue in Caracas
Oswaldo Rivas (L) and Jhonny Aguilar prepare the corpse of a male gunshot victim at an undertaker's morgue prior to the victim's funeral in Caracas November 23, 2012. Some 100 undertakers' businesses, legal and illegal, have sprung up around Caracas in recent years. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Embalming instruments are seen on a tray at an undertaker's morgue in Caracas December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos...
Caracas, Venezuela
Embalming instruments are seen on a tray at an undertaker's morgue in Caracas
Embalming instruments are seen on a tray at an undertaker's morgue in Caracas December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Workers carry a coffin in a caskets factory in Caracas November 29, 2012. Nor is there a lack of demand...
Caracas, Venezuela
Workers carry a coffin in a caskets factory in Caracas
Workers carry a coffin in a caskets factory in Caracas November 29, 2012. Nor is there a lack of demand for tomb-chisellers, flower-sellers, permit-handlers and a plethora of other mini-businesses purveying to death. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
A worker takes a picture of a fellow worker inside a coffin at a caskets factory in Caracas November...
Caracas, Venezuela
A worker takes a picture of a fellow worker inside a coffin at a caskets factory in Caracas
A worker takes a picture of a fellow worker inside a coffin at a caskets factory in Caracas November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Atilio Gonzalez (L), a priest of the Southern Cemetery for the last 24 years, talks with the relative...
Caracas, Venezuela
A priest of the Southern Cemetery talks with the relative of a crime victim in Caracas
Atilio Gonzalez (L), a priest of the Southern Cemetery for the last 24 years, talks with the relative of a crime victim before the victim's burial at the Southern Cementery in Caracas January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Ponciano Capote makes a flower arrangement in the flower shop of an undertaker in Caracas January 7,...
Caracas, Venezuela
Ponciano Capote makes a flower arrangement in Caracas
Ponciano Capote makes a flower arrangement in the flower shop of an undertaker in Caracas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Laudelino Morales chisels a tombstone at his factory near the Southern Cemetery in Caracas December 8,...
Caracas, Venezuela
Morales chisels a tombstone at his factory near the Southern Cemetery in Caracas
Laudelino Morales chisels a tombstone at his factory near the Southern Cemetery in Caracas December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
A picture of a male crime victim, printed on ceramic, is seen at a tombstone factory near the Southern...
Caracas, Venezuela
A picture of a male crime victim is seen at a tombstone factory near the Southern Cemetery in Caracas...
A picture of a male crime victim, printed on ceramic, is seen at a tombstone factory near the Southern Cemetery in Caracas December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
A worker digs a grave in the East Cemetery in Caracas December 27, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins...
Caracas, Venezuela
A worker digs a grave in the East Cemetery in Caracas
A worker digs a grave in the East Cemetery in Caracas December 27, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Atilio Gonzalez (C), a priest of the Southern Cemetery for the last 24 years, prays during a burial ceremony...
Caracas, Venezuela
A priest of the Southern Cemetery prays during a burial ceremony in Caracas
Atilio Gonzalez (C), a priest of the Southern Cemetery for the last 24 years, prays during a burial ceremony at the Southern Cemetery in Caracas January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Relatives of a male gunshot victim ride on motorcycles as they follow the hearse, after forcing it to...
Caracas, Venezuela
Relatives of a male gunshot victim ride on motorcycles as they follow the hearse in Caracas
Relatives of a male gunshot victim ride on motorcycles as they follow the hearse, after forcing it to detour to their neighborhood as a tribute prior to burying their relative, in Caracas November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Relatives of a crime victim carry his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas November 27, 2012....
Caracas, Venezuela
Relatives of a crime victim carry his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas
Relatives of a crime victim carry his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Relatives of a crime victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana after forcing the hearse to detour...
Caracas, Venezuela
Relatives of a crime victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana in Caracas
Relatives of a crime victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana after forcing the hearse to detour to their neighborhood, as a tribute prior to the victim's burial, in Caracas November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana, after forcing the hearse to detour...
Caracas, Venezuela
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana in Caracas
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin and smoke marijuana, after forcing the hearse to detour to their neighborhood as a tribute prior to the victim's burial in Caracas November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas November 27,...
Caracas, Venezuela
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas
Relatives of a gunshot victim cry over his coffin during his funeral ceremony in Caracas November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
Police officers fire their weapons as a tribute during the burial of a their comrade, who was a gunshot...
Caracas, Venezuela
Police officers fire their weapons as a tribute during the burial of a their comrade in Caracas
Police officers fire their weapons as a tribute during the burial of a their comrade, who was a gunshot victim, at the Southern Cemetery in Caracas January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
A worker grinds the remains of a person following the cremation at a crematorium near Caracas July 18,...
Caracas, Venezuela
A worker grinds the remains of a person following the cremation near Caracas
A worker grinds the remains of a person following the cremation at a crematorium near Caracas July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 20, 2014
A worker carries the remains of a person following the cremation at a crematorium near Caracas July 18,...
Caracas, Venezuela
A worker carries the remains of a person following the cremation near Caracas
A worker carries the remains of a person following the cremation at a crematorium near Caracas July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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