A year ago, the crisis in Venezuela reached a new pitch as the politician Juan Guaidó led an attempt to overthrow the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro. As the bulk of Venezuela’s military remained loyal to the president, the attempt failed and Maduro maintained his grip on power. In the months since, he has boasted that Venezuela has enjoyed “the highest levels of nutrients and access to food”. But outside of the capital Caracas, the story is very different.

The Guardian’s Tom Phillips tells Anushka Asthana of his journey through the crisis-hit country and how the worst effects are being felt by children. Hospitals are falling into disrepair, schools are being repeatedly looted and some parents have fled the country, leaving their children behind.

Also today: as models take to the catwalk for London fashion week, Jess Cartner-Morley looks at why pockets in women’s clothes are a political issue that resonates through the history of fashion.

Children play at Criança Feliz, an invaded office that now works as a residency for Venezuelan migrants in Boa Vista, Brazil.



Photograph: Fabiola Ferrero/The Guardian

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