Homeless in Venezuela

A refugee girl climbs a staircase at the foreign minister headquarters in Caracas February 11, 2011. President <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT001231" title="Hugo Chavez" href="/topic/sports/hugo-chavez-PESPT001231.topic">Hugo Chavez</a>'s government has literally opened its doors to the homeless -- and scores of them have taken residence in the architecturally prized "Casa Amarilla," a former presidential home and now Foreign Ministry headquarters. In a move critics say is crass populism but supporters hail as evidence of profound humanism, the socialist Chavez has exhorted all his ministries and military to throw open their doors for victims of last year's floods.

( Reuters photo )

A refugee girl climbs a staircase at the foreign minister headquarters in Caracas February 11, 2011. President Hugo Chavez's government has literally opened its doors to the homeless -- and scores of them have taken residence in the architecturally prized "Casa Amarilla," a former presidential home and now Foreign Ministry headquarters. In a move critics say is crass populism but supporters hail as evidence of profound humanism, the socialist Chavez has exhorted all his ministries and military to throw open their doors for victims of last year's floods.

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