Since the 7th of March 2019, various nationwide blackouts sent Venezuela back into the Stone Age. The first blackout took me and the country by surprise. For almost a week, I was completely disconnected from the outside world, without electricity, water, internet and phone. A photo diary published by the Swiss magazine NZZ am Sonntag.
It´s hard to oversee the Tower of David. The second highest building of Venezuela rises 190 meters into heaven, right in the middle of the historic center of the capital Caracas. A group of followers of President Hugo Chávez squatted the complex in 1997. I visited them.
In the beginning of 2011, the reporter of the German magazine Zeit Magazin, Marian Blasberg, and me went on to an exhaustive investigation in Caracas which took us of several weeks. Our overall aim was to compare the discourse of the omnipresent president Hugo Chávez with the reality of his people.