e streets of Venezuela have been rocked by anti-government unrests since April, as protestors rally against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Those demonstrations have left more than 125 people dead, thousands arrested, and nearly 2,000 injured. Jesus Ibarra is among those wounded. Forced to rehabilitate with minimal resources, as his parents try nursing him back to health.
The 19 year old student lies in bed, barely able to walk or talk, since a tear gas canister crushed part of his skull, during an anti-Maduro protest. He lost consciousness and fell into a polluted river. Torn by economic and political crisis, Venezuela faces chronic food and medicine shortages, forcing Ibarra's family to ask for drug donations for his five surgeries and infections from the river.
Another student, Brian DeLatey, seen here in this video during a protest, after being shot in the leg. He's still recovering from fractured shin bones, saying he's frustrated, he has to rely on his family to eat and bathe. His sense of desperation intensified, by the scarcity of drugs to alleviate his pain.
Rights groups and doctors say rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas have caused most of the injuries during the chaos. Most of those hurt appear to be opposition protestors, but Maduro supporters, security forces, and bystanders have also been harmed. Even with fewer protests since Maduro's government established a controversial legislative superbody in July, hundreds of Venezuelans are still struggling to nurse their wounds without medicine and state support.