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Programmes offer assistance to children living in the violence-plagued slums of Caracas, Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, 6 March 2012 ¬– Every evening, as soon as the sun goes down, 14-year-old Fernando Herrera and his family lock all the doors to his house, lower the blinds and hunker down for another night of random shootings and violent fights in the street. Yet Fernando does not live in a war-torn country; he lives in a poor neighbourhood in the city of Caracas.

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