The vertical slum: Life inside Caracas' Tower of David, April 9

9 Apr 2014

Looking out over a breathtaking view of the Venezuelan capital Caracas one of the residents of the Tower of David - also known as 'the vertical slum' - asks "Isn't it true that we are the richest among the poor?" The skyscraper has become a national icon since squatters moved in after the financial sector crashed. Occupying simple tents and small homes divided by hastily-erected brick walls, everyone living in the building forms a tightly-bound community. Businesses like warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours and day-care centres operate in a self-contained, and relatively safe, environment. Photos: Reuters