The rise and fall of Venezuela's ultimate oil city

The Take explores how Venezuela's economic potential has failed to materialise.

    The booming oil city of Maracaibo once epitomised the promise that was Venezuela.

    But it's been in trouble for years: power cuts, devastating oil spills and political and economic crises.

    Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo explains how the city now embodies what Venezuela has become: a poor country that should have been rich.

     

    For more:

    How Venezuela's oil output plummeted

    'Failed state': Venezuelan displacement and starvation multiply

    Venezuela's oil-rich city a symbol of country's economic collapse

    The team:

    Ney Alvarez and Priyanka Tilve produced this episode with Amy Walters, Alexandra Locke, Dina Kesbeh, Morgan Waters, and Malika Bilal. Natalia Aldana is the social media producer. Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    Special thanks to Teresa Bo, Juan Mayou, Lagmi Chavez, Gustavo Ocando, Michael Bendeck, Enrique Huaiquil and Sana Saeed.

    Subscribe:

    New episodes of the show come out every Friday. Subscribe to The Take on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. Follow The Take on Twitter @AJTheTakeFacebook and Instagram @ajthetake.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.