Maracaibo: portrait of a shattered Venezuelan city

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Gideon Long in Maracaibo, Venezuela

On a rundown street in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Lucho Torres leans on the cab of his ancient brown pick-up truck and waits for petrol. Ahead of him, about 30 drivers sit in a line of cars that snakes around the corner and out of sight.

“Today’s not so bad. We should only be waiting an hour or so,” said Mr Torres. “My longest wait was from one day to the next. I slept in the gas station and woke up the next day and filled the tank at eight in the morning.”