Squatters in Venezuela's 45-Story 'Tower of David'

In 1990, construction began on the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, a huge high-rise office complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Construction halted in 1994, after a banking crisis and the death of the building's main investor, David Brillembourg. The 45-story tower stood vacant until 2007, when squatters began moving in, displaced by a massive housing shortage in Caracas. Authorities turned a blind eye, and the skyscraper, nicknamed the "Tower of David" (after David Brillembourg), is now home to more than 3,000 residents. The third-highest skyscraper in the country has been jury-rigged with electricity and water up to the 22nd floor. Reuters photographer Jorge Silva spent some time with tower residents earlier this year, returning with these photographs of the world's tallest slum.
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1. Gabriel Rivas, 30, lifts weights on a balcony on the 28th floor of the 45-story "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 9, 2014. The half-completed building, abandoned in 1994, started attracting squatters in 2007, and is now home to more than 3,000.




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2. The unfinished Tower of David stands above Caracas on January 31, 2014.




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3. Clothes hang to dry atop the Tower of David on February 3, 2014.




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4. Children play in the lobby of the Tower of David skyscraper on January 29, 2014.




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5. Men sit and look down at a basketball court inside the Tower of David complex on February 3, 2014.




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6. Adriana Gutierrez and her son Carlos Adrian watch TV in their 24th floor apartment inside the Tower of David on February 3, 2014.




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7. Children roam the corridors of the unfinished Tower of David, on February 3, 2014.




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8. Children ride bicycles on one of the top inhabited floors of the Tower of David on February 9, 2014.




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9. A woman walks on a roof of the Tower of David on February 3, 2014.




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10. Men salvage metal on the 30th floor on February 3, 2014.




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11. Weathered, broken windows in the Tower of David, photographed on February 5, 2014.




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12. People walk along a corridor on the 10th floor of the Tower of David on February 6, 2014.




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13. Francisco, 18, cooks in his apartment inside the Tower of David on February 9, 2014.




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14. Teenagers chat in a window opening on the 10th floor on February 3, 2014.




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15. A view of the lobby from the top of the Tower of David, photographed on February 3, 2014.




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16. Boys play basketball in a garage in the Tower of David on February 3, 2014.




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17. A man sits with his family in his apartment inside the Tower of David on February 3, 2014.




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18. A girl rides a bicycle on a high balcony above Caracas on February 5, 2014.




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19. Paola Medina, 29, packs as she prepare to leave her apartment after living in the Tower of David skyscraper for almost a year, on March 25, 2014.




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20. Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor on February 3, 2014.




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21. A woman looks out of a window at her shop in a corridor inside the Tower of David on February 6, 2014.




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22. Nicolas Alvarez speaks on a telephone in his apartment on the 27th floor of the Tower of David on February 5, 2014.




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23. Genesis opens a balcony door in an apartment inside the Tower of David on February 6, 2014.




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24. A man, who is on his way to work, walks through the lobby of the Tower of David on February 5, 2014.




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25. Caracas, seen from the 44th floor on February 9, 2014.




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26. The unfinished Tower of David stands above Caracas on January 22, 2014.