A mural depicting Jesus Christ with a machine gun adorns a wall in the 23 de Enero slum, a violent and crime-ridden neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, that is a bastion of support for President Hugo Chavez.
A view of the crime-ridden and violent slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, considered to be the largest slum in South America.
A boy from the slum of La Dolorita plays with a plastic gun near a youth soccer league match.
Dennis Fernandez Blanco, 18, suffering from multiple bullet wounds, writhes in pain and is comforted by his mother Carmen as he waits for treatment for at the Perez de Leon hospital in the Petare slum in Caracas.
Jesus Antonio Petit, 25, was found shot to death in the San Ignacio section of the Petare slum early on the morning of April 16th.
A police officer searches young men for weapons and drugs during a patrol of the dangerous Petare slum in Caracas.
An officer from the Policia Municipal de Sucre keeps his eye out for trouble while on a night patrol in Petare.
An officer from the Policia Municipal de Sucre looks down an alleyway while a woman uses her cellphone.
An officer from the Municipal Police of Sucre searches the mouth of a young man for drugs during a patrol in Petare.
Police from the municipality of Sucre in eastern Caracas patrol the Petare slum looking for drugs and weapons. Petare is one of the largest slums in South America with over half a million residents, and is a hotbed of crime in Caracas, which is currently one of the most dangerous cities on the planet.
A night view of the Petare slum.
Police patrol the narrow back alleys of the dangerous and crime-ridden slum of Petare in Caracas, searching for guns and gang-activity.