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Petare is a city in Miranda, Venezuela, and is part of the urban area of Caracas. It is the located in the Sucre Municipality, one of the five divisions of Caracas. The city was founded in 1621 under the name of San Jose de Guanarito. It grew to become a part of the greater Caracas area as the latter expanded in area and population.

Poverty dominates the population, where most of them live in shanty towns called "barrios". This is where the poorest of the poor live, millions of people down the side of mountains, without any permanent access to water and electricity, without roads, without a decent sewage system and permanently tormented by the highest levels of crime and violence in the world. Most of them are immigrants either from other parts of the country or from neighboring countries. The 礎arrio Petare, on the edge of Caracas, is said to be the second biggest in Latin America. More than one and a half million people are packed in there. Nobody knows what the real crime rate is in these places. The police are unreliable, journalists rarely go there, and keeping statistics is understandably not the first priority in those hellish conditions.

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