Jesus Ibarra (below), a 19-year-old engineering student, has been barely able to walk or talk since a tear gas canister crushed part of his skull during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro and he fell unconscious into a river that carries sewage.
Left: Manuel Melo, 21, said: "I'm protesting because simple things cost a lot of money, the minimum wage is not good, the country is not good. I protest against insecurity, lack of medicine. I have millions of reasons. A man with less education than me cannot govern, we need someone new, from a university, with true principles and values." Right: Melo said he was hit by a police water cannon on May 22, 2017. He sustained internal injuries and lost a kidney.
Ibarra is one of nearly 2,000 people injured during four months of fierce anti-Maduro street protests, according to the public prosecutor's office. Rights groups think the number is probably higher.
Venezuela has been torn by political and economic crises that have led to extreme shortages of food and medicine, crushing inflation and the collapse of the local currency. Its new government structure has been criticized as a dictatorship.
Protests have subsided since Maduro's government established a controversial legislative superbody three weeks ago, but hundreds of Venezuelans are still struggling to nurse their wounds without medicine and state support.