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In One Venezuelan City, People Have Found Low-Cost Entertainment — In A Barbershop

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A cocuy drink made with pepper sauce and fruit juice on a local bar in Barquisimeto. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Many Venezuelans Can No Longer Afford Beer, So They're Drinking Cheap Agave Liquor

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Venezuelan Leidy Navarro (left) walks with her daughter Valentina Caceres back to their home in Ureña, Venezuela, after picking her up at school in Cúcuta, Colombia, in March. Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Teachers And Students Skip School For Survival

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Venezuelan boats are moored at a port in Willemstad, Curaçao, in February. For many Venezuelans, Caribbean islands like Curaçao are escapes from their country's turmoil. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelans Take Risky Voyage To Curaçao To Flee Crisis

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Men, women and children line up for free lunch at a soup kitchen in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The meal consists of a bottle of milk and a few scoops of rice mixed with eggs and vegetables. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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'Lives Are At Risk': Venezuelan Charities Struggle Under Shortages And Intimidation

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People Fleeing Venezuela Tops 4 Million, U.N. Refugee Agency Says

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After Failed Coup, Maduro Moves Against Members Of Venezuelan Opposition

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is pictured under a national flag during a gathering with supporters on April 30, 2019. Delegates for both Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro are slated to hold direct talks in Norway this week aimed at ending the crisis in Venezuela. Federico Parra /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Delegates For Maduro, Guaidó To Meet For Talks On Ending Venezuela's Political Crisis

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Gusmary Añez sits in a tent with two of her children. She and her husband, along with their four children, had been sleeping outdoors in Maicao, a Colombian town near the Venezuelan border. Now they live in one of 60 tents at the camp that house more than 300 Venezuelans. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Venezuelans Find Temporary Lifeline At Colombia's First Border Tent Camp

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground church built inside a salt mine, and made entirely of salt. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Colombia's Salt Cathedral Is A Marvel Of Architecture And A Popular House Of Worship

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Colombian police escort a Venezuelan soldier into Cúcuta, Colombia. The soldier surrendered at a bridge crossing the Venezuela-Colombia border, where people tried to carry humanitarian aid into Venezuela on Feb. 23. Fernando Vergara/AP hide caption

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1,000 Venezuelan Armed Forces Have Fled Across Border, Says Colombian Government

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Venezuela's Army Remains Supportive Of President Maduro

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Venezuelans, Desperate For Food, Medicine And Aid, Are Crossing Into Colombia

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