Oscar B. Castillo is a photojournalist based out of Caracas, Venezuela which is an area being torn apart by the intense violence between gangs and the local police force. Castillo notes that his hometown city suffers some 50 homicides a week with a very low prosecution rate, making it one of the world’s deadliest capitals.
“I felt safer when I was with the gangs than when I hung around the city by myself…”
“I would like to share a more complete and sincere vision of this moment in Venezuelan history. I am focused on this because it is my hometown, my country, my family — it is my people that are wounding and killing each other.”
“The people took care of me and protected me in risky situations…When I told one of the guys involved in gang violence about the story, he told me to talk about their bad situation…to tell the kids that inside gang life, there’s no life at all.”