Danger from violent sindicatos that rule Venezuela’s eastern border has exacerbated a century-old territorial dispute

One June morning last year, Gavindra Saywack, 26, set out from his home near the village of Whitewater in north-western Guyana and made the short trip by boat to Venezuela – one of hundreds of Guyanese who have found work at the region’s alluvial gold mines in recent years.

Four months later he was dead, murdered, says his father, by sindicatos – the violent gangs that now rule Venezuela’s eastern border.

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