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Mar 8, 2018

Poorer by the day, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have concluded that escape is their only option. With the country's currency virtually worthless and air travel beyond the reach of all but elites, buses have become Venezuela's caravans of misery, rolling day and night to its borders and returning largely empty to begin the process all over again. For nine days, a reporter and a photographer from Reuters accompanied the migrants as they headed for what they hoped were better days in Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

For nearly 5,000 miles, they rolled through some of South America's most spectacular landscapes, including the vertiginous Andean mountain range and the world's driest desert in Chile. But even though the Venezuelans were awed by the views whizzing by their window, their minds were mostly on the land they had left behind - and the uncertainty facing them in the lands ahead.

Journey on a caravan of misery
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A gas station worker pumps fuel into a Rutas de America bus as a chicken looks for food, near Pamplona, Colombia, November 8, 2017. Carlos Garcia Rawlins: "We stopped to refuel the bus and although the passengers did not get off except those who urgently needed to use the restrooms, I had agreed with the driver that I would get off at every opportunity to take pictures. This time, there was a chicken pecking at the gas station floor in search of food and creating a peculiar scene, almost something out of the Latin American magic realism". CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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