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Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Despite an economic crisis that has led to shortages of food and medicine and has prompted more than three million to emigrate, Venezuelans are seeking ways to have fun and spend time with family in the hope of easing their discomfort.
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCG
April 23, 2019
A child climbs on a bike to see an amusement park with an illuminated ferris wheel in Caracas, Venezuela,...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A child climbs on a bike to see an amusement park with an illuminated ferris wheel in Caracas, Venezuela, March 17, 2019. Despite an economic crisis that has led to shortages of food and medicine and has prompted more than three million to emigrate, Venezuelans are seeking ways to have fun and spend time with family in the hope of easing their discomfort. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCB
April 23, 2019
Belinda, a former teacher, laughs after taking a photograph of graffiti which reads 'Normality is a privilege?'...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Belinda, a former teacher, laughs after taking a photograph of graffiti which reads 'Normality is a privilege?' in Caracas, April 2. "We, the Venezuelan people, make a joke of everything," said Belinda. Venezuela fell to the 108th place in the 2019 World Happiness Report prepared by the United Nations, down from 102nd place in 2018. In the Western hemisphere, only Haiti was below the oil-rich nation, ranking 147th out of 156 countries studied by the U.N.

The happiness report - which in its first edition in 2012 placed Venezuela in the 19th position - is based on indicators such as gross domestic product per capita, generosity, life expectancy, social freedom and absence of corruption. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBZ
April 23, 2019
Andrew rides a small tricycle on the rooftop of his family house in Caracas's Catia neighbourhood, April...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Andrew rides a small tricycle on the rooftop of his family house in Caracas's Catia neighbourhood, April 2. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCI
April 23, 2019
Leonel Martinez, who works as soldier, kisses his girlfriend as they spend a day at Coral beach in La...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Leonel Martinez, who works as soldier, kisses his girlfriend as they spend a day at Coral beach in La Guaira near Caracas, March 23. "It's a way to think about something besides what is happening in the country," said Martinez. "It's not something you can do every day, because of the situation in the country." In search of distraction, Venezuelans from the country's capital of Caracas have long taken to the nearby seaside state of Vargas to spend weekends with family and friends on the shores of the Caribbean. But in a country where the monthly minimum wage amounts to just $6 per month, the $15-$20 a day trip to the beach can require months of savings and advance planning. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCY
April 23, 2019
A bird is seen inside a cage in front of the beach at La Guaira near Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A bird is seen inside a cage in front of the beach at La Guaira near Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCX
April 23, 2019
Anderson Rodriguez trains on a slackline at a National Circus of Venezuela venue in Caracas, April 5....
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Anderson Rodriguez trains on a slackline at a National Circus of Venezuela venue in Caracas, April 5. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCV
April 23, 2019
Neidi Luzardo and his relative enjoy a ride at the Italo Americano amusement park in Caracas, March 17....
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Neidi Luzardo and his relative enjoy a ride at the Italo Americano amusement park in Caracas, March 17. "The most common fun for a Caraqueno is a beach day," said Luzardo. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUD1
April 23, 2019
Members of a folk group take part in the celebration of Palmeros de Chacao, a Holy Week tradition, in...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Members of a folk group take part in the celebration of Palmeros de Chacao, a Holy Week tradition, in Caracas, April 13. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUC6
April 23, 2019
Members of Family Rose softball team put their hands together before a match at Lecuna Avenue softball...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Members of Family Rose softball team put their hands together before a match at Lecuna Avenue softball pitch in Caracas, March 24. "After the game we always had a few beers. But now they are too expensive," said Felix Babaza. In central Caracas, a group of men of all ages meet every Sunday to play softball while a handful of their relatives watch. The wire fence that once surrounded the field was long ago stolen. The lights, which once allowed the group to play at night, were also pilfered.

"I always come because my husband plays," said Delia Jimenez, a 62-year-old industrial designer who jumps up from the stands whenever her husband comes up to bat. "We have fun and we shake off our stress." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCL
April 23, 2019
Yeafersonth Manrique whose nickname is B-Boy Chispa practices break dancing at the Teresa Carreno theatre...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Yeafersonth Manrique whose nickname is B-Boy Chispa practices break dancing at the Teresa Carreno theatre area where he meets friends to dance in Caracas, March 22. "When we're out here dancing, we don't think about the state of the country," said Yeafersonth Manrique, a 24-year-old drenched in sweat after a long practice. "In this world there is no crisis." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUD8
April 23, 2019
The Caracas-La Guaira highway is seen through a tinted car window in Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
The Caracas-La Guaira highway is seen through a tinted car window in Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCE
April 23, 2019
Victor floats in the sea as he spends a day at Coral beach, La Guaira, near Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Victor floats in the sea as he spends a day at Coral beach, La Guaira, near Caracas, March 23. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCT
April 23, 2019
Oriana Contreras and her niece ride a roller coaster at Italo Americano amusement park in Caracas, March...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Oriana Contreras and her niece ride a roller coaster at Italo Americano amusement park in Caracas, March 17. Contreras said, "Sometimes, the quotidian things bore, more the situation which we are going through. We try to have fun with what we can." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUHW
April 23, 2019
Children pose for a photograph on a disused tank displayed at Los Proceres boulevard in Caracas, March...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Children pose for a photograph on a disused tank displayed at Los Proceres boulevard in Caracas, March 16. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCQ
April 23, 2019
Carmelo Gonzalez dances salsa at El Venezolano square where he meets a seniors club every Friday, Saturday...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Carmelo Gonzalez dances salsa at El Venezolano square where he meets a seniors club every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Caracas, March 22. Gonzalez said, "I have fun and I work. The pension helps me a bit. You have to enjoy life, after you die there is nothing else." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBT
April 23, 2019
A woman holds a child as they get ready to hit a pinata at a birthday party celebration in Caracas, April...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A woman holds a child as they get ready to hit a pinata at a birthday party celebration in Caracas, April 13. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUDK
April 23, 2019
Arianny Itriago sits during her quinceanera (15th birthday celebration) at Catia neighbourhood in Caracas,...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Arianny Itriago sits during her quinceanera (15th birthday celebration) at Catia neighbourhood in Caracas, April 13. Arianny's father, Ronny, said, "It's a family tradition to celebrate a quinceanera. Now everything is hyper expensive in our country. Everything is handled based on the U.S. dollar, our Bolivars do not have much weight due to inflation, we are practically dollarized... The music that we hired was 80 or 90 U.S. dollars." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBK
April 23, 2019
A youth flies a homemade kite next to Gran Mision Vivienda housing project in Caracas, March 20. The...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A youth flies a homemade kite next to Gran Mision Vivienda housing project in Caracas, March 20. The children make their own kites using a plastic bag, sticks and a nylon line. "Most expensive is the nylon cone, which is 10 thousand Bolivar notes (approximately 3 U.S. dollars)," said Luis Flores. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUCW
April 23, 2019
An empty billboard stands on buildings in Caracas, March 22. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
An empty billboard stands on buildings in Caracas, March 22. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUC3
April 23, 2019
A sign for a popular ham brand is illuminated next to buildings at nightfall in Caracas, April 2. A woman...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A sign for a popular ham brand is illuminated next to buildings at nightfall in Caracas, April 2. A woman who lives in the building below the sign said, "I don't like to have a devil on my head." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUD6
April 23, 2019
Children play while attending a birthday party celebration at Catia neighbourhood in Caracas, April 13....
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Children play while attending a birthday party celebration at Catia neighbourhood in Caracas, April 13. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUD4
April 23, 2019
A child reacts next to members of a folk group dressed as devils while taking part in the celebration...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A child reacts next to members of a folk group dressed as devils while taking part in the celebration of Los Palmeros de Chacao, a Holy Week tradition, in Caracas, April 13. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUD3
April 23, 2019
Genesis Gonzalez arranges her mortarboard before posing for a photograph at Valle Arriba lookout point...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Genesis Gonzalez arranges her mortarboard before posing for a photograph at Valle Arriba lookout point in Caracas, March 14. Genesis's father, Rafael, said, "My daughter is a Psychology Graduate of the Catholic University Andres Bello, despite the adversity, we must celebrate these things." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUC0
April 23, 2019
A youth practices on a unicycle while hula hooping at the Teresa Carreno theatre area where friends meet...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A youth practices on a unicycle while hula hooping at the Teresa Carreno theatre area where friends meet to practice in Caracas, March 22. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBW
April 23, 2019
Ana Gabriela Alzola and Deniali Vega pose for a photograph at a backdrop used by customers to take pictures...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Ana Gabriela Alzola and Deniali Vega pose for a photograph at a backdrop used by customers to take pictures inside a mall in Caracas, March 24. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBE
April 23, 2019
Children walk along a breakwater at Coral beach in La Guaira near Caracas, March 23. "A person who has...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
Children walk along a breakwater at Coral beach in La Guaira near Caracas, March 23. "A person who has a minimum wage can't come [to the beach]. The anguish that has all Venezuelans is food. First the flour and the rice." said Carla Cordova. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HAPPINESS
RTX6SUBB
April 23, 2019
A man looks at pinatas at a birthday supplies shop in Caracas, March 20. The manager of the shop said,...
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos
A man looks at pinatas at a birthday supplies shop in Caracas, March 20. The manager of the shop said, "People were coming after work or early on Saturdays to buy birthday supplies. Now few people come." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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