Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Meridith Kohut (b.1983, USA) is an American photographer and multimedia journalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007. Kohut has produced in-depth photo essays on the drug trade, Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution, gang violence, refugee and migration issues, labor rights, prison overcrowding and prostitution, among others.
In 2016, her coverage of the collapse of Venezuela earned her and NYTimes correspondent Nicholas Casey the George Polk Journalism Award for best foreign reporting and The New York Times Publisher's award for Foreign news coverage. Her photo essay documenting psychotropic drug shortages in a state psychiatric hospital in Venezuela earned The Overseas Press Club's award for Feature Photography in 2016. She is the 2017 recipient of The Chris Hondros Fund Award.
Her work has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, The United Nations, TIME magazine, Leica Magazine, Bloomberg News, The Washington Post Magazine, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and The Guardian.
2017 - Overseas Press Club - Feature Photography Award, 2017 - Visa pour L'Image Int'l Photojournalism Festival, 2017 - George Polk Journalism Award, 2017 - Chris Hondros Fund Award
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NYTIMES: The Battle for Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela — Motley throngs of masked antigovernment protesters hurl rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails. The police and soldiers retaliate with tear gas, water cannon blasts, rubber bullets and buckshot.
An uprising is brewing in Venezuela.
Nearly every day for more than three months, thousands have taken to the streets to vent fury at President Nicolás Maduro and his increasingly repressive leadership.
These confrontations often turn into lopsided and sometimes lethal street brawls — more than 90 people have been killed and more than 3,000 arrested.
NATGEO: Desperate for a Cure
Generations of Venezuelans have turned to the cult of María Lionza for its healing power, however religious leaders say never before have they experienced a boom like they have since the hospital crisis began. No national statistical data is kept to know exactly how much the increase has been, but all spiritual healers surveyed by National Geographic say they have seen a significant increase in patients, ranging between 30% to 200% each, respectively – they say their patients are primarily working class people turned away from public hospitals, who do not have the financial resources to travel outside of the country for medical attention.
NYTIMES: Venezuela's Crumbling Mental Hospitals
The state-run psychiatric hospital here in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, has long been a forgotten place, filled with forgotten people.
But with Venezuela suffering from a severe economic crisis, this mental institution has almost no drugs to control the afflictions tormenting its patients.
The glue that keeps this hospital in order — the sedatives, tranquilizers and medications — is nearly all gone. In courtyards, women who are functional while medicated are now curled on the floor hallucinating, crying, screaming, rocking back and forth for hours.