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The chaos in Venezuela's government has left many ordinary people there on their own. Aside from poverty and hunger, people also worry about crime, especially gangs. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on a company that found a way to address that problem.

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It's been almost two weeks since Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition leader posted this video.

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JUAN GUAIDO: (Speaking Spanish).

CORNISH: Juan Guaido called for a military uprising.

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In recent days, U.S. officials have been characterizing the political turmoil in Venezuela as nearing its end.

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Clad in a dazzling white shirt, Nicolás Maduro is standing at a podium, grinning through his mustache and waving his hands at his supporters.

"Hands off Venezuela, Mr. Imperator Donald Trump!" he shouts, waving his hands still more, to emphasize his point. "Get out of Venezuela, imperial Yankee!"

Cameras from state-run TV pan across the crowd, carefully picking out people who are applauding and flourishing flags.

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