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[11:08:08] HALA GORANI, CNN HOST: Well, you are listening to Donald Trump there at a campaign event in Florida. He referenced the DNC email leak.
He also questioned Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee's loyalty to the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
He also made some comments on Russia, whether or not it was behind the hack. He said he didn't know, but then he challenged Russian hackers to
recover some of the Hillary Clinton deleted emails, he said. That some people would be very interested in seeing what was in those.
I'm joined now by one of the most senior members of congress here in the United States, Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat from South
Thank you, sir, for being with us.
REP. JAMES CLYBURN, (D) SOUTH CAROLINA: Thank you for having me.
GORANI: What do you think of Donald Trump? What is your reaction to what he has been saying, saying Hillary Clinton, no loyalty to a woman who
wouldn't have been able to make any kind of a decision at the DNC without a phone call to Hillary?
CLYBURN: Well, I think we have to consider the source of that.
This guy has as his MO divide and conquer. That is an age old philosophy about how to treat your opponents. He is not going to divide our party.
I love Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I think she is a great person.
GORANI: You defended her.
CLYBURN: Yes, I did.
I do believe the unfairness about the treatment -- it was all at if everybody at the DNC were supporting Hillary Clinton. That's not true.
I'm in and out of that office all the time. And there are a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters at the DNC.
GORANI; Didn't she have to go, though, otherwise this would have been a sandal with legs at the worst possible time.
CLYBURN: I think she did what should have been done.
GORANI: You think she fell on her sword?
CLYBURN: She did. Absolutely.
And I don't believe Hillary Clinton pushed her out. In the first place it's not her deal, not her call. President Obama made that appointment.
The president-elect won't get that opportunity until after November.
[11:10:08] GORANI: Right.
As one of the most serious Democrats, you, of course, endorsed Hillary Clinton this year, but you endorsed Barack Obama in 2008. There was some
division there, perhaps some tension with the Clintons. Is that all behind you?
CLYBURN: Oh, yeah it's behind me a long, long time. I went to an even with Bill Clinton last night. I'm going to one this afternoon with Bill
Clinton. We talked before and after my endorsement of Hillary. All that is behind us.
GORANI: South Carolina an extremely important state. Let me ask you again about Donald TTrump -- he is still speaking. Now, this is somebody who you
obviously do not want him to become president, that's an understatement, I'm sure, but he is still getting a big portion of the electorate, not just of Republicans but
perhaps even of independents who think he is a straight shooter, he is telling the truth, he is relatable, he is anti-establishment. What would
you say to his supporters?
CLYBURN: I would say that they ought to dig deep into this gentleman's background. Anybody that's gotten to where he has gotten in politics,
running for president of the United States and refused to release his tax filings, that tells me that there is something there he is trying to keep
from the American people. And if the American people allows him to get away
with that, I think that that would be a shame.
We ought not ever allow anybody to get elected president of the United States and we not know exactly how they are making their money, where
their money is coming from, and whether or not they are telling the truth about their taxes.
GORANI: So, Congressman Clyburn, one of the things he said, too, is, hey, Russians if you are
listening, why don't you help us recover the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server.
CLYBURN: Well, if the Russians are that interested in this campaign, I think they ought to
take a look at whether or not they can tap into his filings. I'm sure he did some of them electronically. We ought to look at his income taxes.
GORANI: He is saying he is being you audited and he can't release them now.
CLYBURN: Well, even if you are being audited, anything that you put on there, they ought to be tapped into if they are that interested do it on
GORANI: So, you are going to be speaking on that big stage. In fact, you have to go rehearse your speech and we'll let you go in just a moment.
What will be your main message?
CLYBURN: My message is Hillary Clinton has demonstrated from the time she was a young person going to Sunday school in that Methodist Church in
Chicago, Illinois, all the way through to her activities in law school, how she left law school, came to South Carolina.
I first knew of her when I was in the governor's office in South Carolina and she was there as a law student help us reform our penal system as it
relates to the juvenile justice.
How she went throughout the south helping to make the voting rights of 1965 a living effective document. That's what I'm going to share with the
people and say please compare her record with the record of her opponent and then make your choice.
GORANI: And then -- and finally I just spoke with Corey Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey yesterday. I asked him what could go wrong for
your candidate still? What is your biggest concern? His answer, low voter turnout, that could be disastrous for Hillary Clinton. What could still in
your opinion could go wrong for Hillary Clinton in November?
CLYBURN: Well, I agree that low voter turnout would be absolutely catastrophic for us. We have got to have a big turnout.
But I think what happens tonight on this stage, and tomorrow night, I think will determine what that turnout is. If we get good performances from the
president, and I think we will, and the vice president as well as our vice presidential nominee, and she nails it tomorrow night.
GORANI: I was going to say...
CLYBURN: That's it.
GORANI: ...all the big guns are out. If after this convention, your nominee doesn't get a giant
bounce after the convention maybe you should be worried. Do you agree?
CLYBURN: Well, tune in. I'll be speaking somewhere around 7:00. Maybe you will get it from me.
GORANI: We sure will.
Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, thanks so much for joining us.
We'll have more from the convention here as we continue to follow what is happening in the
arena here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and also on the campaign trail. We have just heard from Donald Trump. We'll have all that for you and a
special edition of The World Right Now at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
Isa Soares in London, back to you.
ISA SOARES, HOST: Thanks very much, Hala.
You are watching Connect the World. We'll have much more news after this very short break.
[11:16:52] SOARES: You are watching CNN. And this is Connect the World. I'm Isa Soares in London sitting in for Becky Anderson.
A very warm welcome back.
Now there is anger and shock in France one day after another is inspired terror attack, this time in Normandy a priest was murdered during a morning
mass in church. Authorities say one of the suspects was known to anti-terror authorities. Phil Black has more.
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A catholic church, the target of the latest Islamist tragedy to tear at the heart of France.
Two terrorists stormed the church during morning mass, taking a priest, two nuns and two churchgoers hostage, brutally killing 86-year-old priest,
Jacques Hamel, by cutting his throat.
PIERRE-HENRY BRANDET, FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN (through translator): The two killers came out and they were neutralized, they were
shot dead by police services.
BLACK: Police carried out raids nearby and took one away in handcuffs. Another man was arrested near the church in connection to the attack.
French police sources tell CNN one of the attacker was known to authorities here, identified as a local man who tried to leave for Syria last year, but
was turned back at the Turkish border.
He was ordered by a judge to wear an electronic bracelet in March this year.
President Hollande frequently rushing to scenes like this. He was quick to say it was a terror attack in the name ISIS, calling it a cowardly
FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT (through translator): Daesh has declared war own us. We must fight this war by all means while respecting
the rule of law, what makes us a democracy.
BLACK: The Vatican called it barbaric in a statement it issued the most severe
condemnation of all forms of hatred and said the pope was appalled because this horrific violence took place in a sacred place.
President Hollande is appealing to Catholics in the country to remain calm though it is a attack on the secular fabric of France. And it is just the
latest in what seems to be an increase of lone attacks on soft targets.
Less than two weeks ago in Nice, Muhammad Bouhlel drove a 20 ton truck through a promenade packed with people during Bastille Day celebrations.
84 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. ISIS claimed responsibility, but there is no indication the group had firm connections
PETER NEUMANN, INTL. CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF RADICALIZATION: ISIS has set out as a deliberate part of its strategy to empower these loners. It is
actually saying to all these people you can use our brand. You do not actually have to be linked to our movement. You do not have to be part of
the sort of command and control structure.
BLACK: President Hollande has vowed to double the number of officials monitoring terror
suspects. But Monday's attack underlines the struggle French authorities are having trying to monitor the thousands of domestic Islamic radicals on
their radar. And it's just the latest in a deadly spree this summer in Europe.
SOARES: And Phil Black is just outside the church in Normandy where the attack took place. And Phil we are learning now details about how this
gruesome attack unfolded. Tell us what you are learning.
[11:20:01] BLACK: Well, Isa, it was really just in the last few moments here that the police have significantly reduced their presence here at this
particular location. Have significantly reduced their presence here at this particular location, a lot of police left. They have dropped their
enforced line, if you like, the patrolled arm line back to the entrance of the church itself so it would seem that a lot of the forensic and
investigative work taking place here at the church itself is being wrapped up.
But it is at this location behind me -- this is where the final stand off took place between the two attackers armed with knives. This is where we
are told by officials here they walked out, the hostages were confronted by the police and it is where they were soon after shot dead by the police.
This, of course, after they had already murdered the priest, father Jacques Hamel, cutting his throat within the building itself.
So the investigation that we've seen so far is very much focused on this location so far. Also, focusing of course on the two attackers who were
killed by police. One of them, Adele Kermiche has been identified as someone known to authorities, who tried and failed to get to Syria twice, who was under very significant judicial controls.
He was only allowed to leave his home for a few hours a day. It was during that window that the attack took place.
And the other person, the other attacker is still, we are told, being formally identified by
investigators here in this country. So there are still so many questions to answer, really. And of course fundamentally how this was able to take
place given that one of those attackers was so well-known to the authorities here.
SOARES: That is indeed a big question.
Phil Black for us there in St. Etienne. Thank you very much, Phil.
Well, Pope Francis is right now visiting Poland. He called Father halem a victim of victim of
world at war, but he says it's not a war of religion, it's a war of interests -- economic and otherwise.
The pope is in Poland to mark World Youth Day. You are looking at live pictures right now. People have been ling the streets. And there is a
ceremony to welcome him ahead of his meeting with Poland's president.
Well, joining me now from Krakow is John Allen. He is CNN's senior Vatican analyst and editor of the website Crux.
John, for many we just heard that from Phil. The attack in St. Etienne was an attack on the Catholic faith. We have heard some comments from Pope
Francis. Do we expect him to comment on them further on this during the World Youth Day?
JOHN ALLEN, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Oh, I absolutely think he will hear more from Pope Francis on this subject. Of course, as soon as the news broke of
the brutal murder of this French priest, father Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis described it as an absurd act of violence. Today, on the plane in route
from Rome to Krakow for this massive gathering of youth known as World Youth
Day he talked about this as another example of a world at war, perhaps not an organized systematic war, but nevertheless a kind of piecemeal world
I certainly would expect that as these days unfold, perhaps as early as this afternoon when
Pope Francis addresses politicians and diplomats in Krakow's historic Vavel (ph) castle, which you can see right behind me we may hear from him again
on this subject.
Look, this is a pope -- first pope in the history of the Catholic church who took the name Francis, the historic peace-making saint of the Catholic
church, a pope who is extraordinarily concerned about the levels of violence we see in the world today, and particularly concerned that this
violence not be construed as a religious conflict.
I would think throughout the next several days that he is in Poland from his arrival today through Sunday you will hear him address this subject.
SOARES: If I remember correctly, John, remember the pope, the pontiff basically called the murder of Christians in the Middle EAst by ISIS a form
of genocide, those were his words. Do you think the recent attacks will make it more difficult for the pope to counter those more conservatives
voices within the church who see Islam in a very different light, John?
ALLEN: Well, listen, I think in some ways this actually perhaps makes the pontiff's task a little easier. I think what Pope Francis wants to do is
say two things at the same time. One is that Christians and Muslims must be in good relationship with one another. There is no room here for a new
kind of crusade or a new kind of religious war.
On the other hand, he also wants to argue that Christians have to be protected. I mean we are living in world in which even the low-end
estimate of the number of Christians who are killed for reasons linked to their faith is about one every hour. And Pope Francis has talked about
that as creating a vast acumenism (ph) of blood, that is that Catholics and Orthodox and Protestants are kind of all in the same boat.
So, he wants to makes the argument for good relations with Islam. He also wants to make the
argument for the protection of Christians. And I frankly think that the left/right divide in Catholicism
in moments like this probably matters much less to most people, certainly matters less to the pope, than it does trying to create a global situation
in which people who are simply trying to worship god in their own way can be kept safe.
I think that's the message we're going to hear from Pope Francis in my own expectation based on 20 years of covering the Catholic church is that
Catholics left, right, and center, will rally around that particular idea, Isa.
[11:25:58] SOARES: John Allen for us in Krakow, Poland. Thanks very much, John. ood to see you.
Now, as the shock of Japan's worst mass murder in decades rattles the country, some people
are asking, could it have been prevented?
A 26-year-old man is accused of breaking into a care home where he used to work, and then stabbing 19 people to death months after writing that he
believed disabled people should be killed.
CNN's Ivan Watson has all the details for you.
IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A top government minister is calling it an unforgivable atrocity, the deadliest mass murder that Japan
has seen, really, since World War II. And then the chilling images of the man that police -- this police
station stay the man who confessed to this massacre, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, when he was taken to a prosecutor's
office in a police vehicle on Wednesday morning, cameras caught him smiling to the throngs of
Japanese journalists to the effect that when he was brought back to this police station in the evening police took the unusual step of covering the
suspect's head with a cloth.
Now he stands accused of having broken into a disabled person's home under the cover of darkness before dawn on Tuesday morning breaking into a
disabled person's home that he had worked at for years and then working his way through the building, murdering at least19 people with a blade, and then wounding another 26 people, people
that the young man had taken care of for years. Then the young man, authorities say, turned himself in to police.
It's even more chilling that he had sent a letter, hand delivered, to the Japanese parliament last February, in which he called for euthanasia for
disabled people in Japan and said that he personally could kill more than 400 disabled people. That letter prompted authorities
to take the suspect to a mental -- a psychiatric institution where he remained up until march, whereupon he was then discharged.
I asked a cabinet minister, was anybody monitoring this man in the months since then? He said that is the most important thing to scrutinize now as
this investigation moves forward.
Ivan Watson, CNN, reporting from Sagamihara in Japan.
SOARES: I'll have your latest world news headlines after this short break. Do say right here with Connect the World.
[11:32:40] SOARES: Now to a region that is at the root of so many of the attacks that dominated the attacks that have dominated the headlines this
summer. A brutal war in Syria has left millions displaced and allow terror groups like ISIS to exploit the chaos. The latest carnage there is
in the mainly Kurdish city of Qamishli. Look at this footage. At least 48 people were reported killed and 140 injured in an ISIS-claimed suicide
bombing bombing there.
Meanwhile, there is a significant development in Aleppo. The Syrian army says it has cut
off supply lines to the rebel held part of the city. Our senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh is covering that for us from
Nick, let's start off with that bomb. What more can you tell us about this attack in Qamishli?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Qamishli is pretty much a Syrian-Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria, very rare to be penetrated
like this by ISIS who the Syrians Kurds have been fighting with U.S. support quite intensely for the past year or so.
Now, this truck bomb seems to have got through to a gathering of security forces there. You can see in the videos of the aftermath the sheer
devastation, the force of the blast, women and children among the victims.
48 dead, according to the Syrian regime's news agency. The Syrian Kurds do live alongside some Syrian regime forces in that particular area in that
sort of strange co-existence they've had since the beginning of the civil war. But also slightly lesser death toll of 41 reported by some Syrian
They're still bringing bodies out of the rubble until quite recently. A big question Syrian Kurds are asking is how did this much explosive get
into their main stronghold city that's frankly closer to Turkey than it is to ISIS territory.
A b ig question and a very abnormally large death toll here in that city of Qamishli,
the Syrian Kurds -- Isa.
SOARES: Meanwhile, Nick, we saw the siege in Aleppo continues with so many people still trapped there.
What are you hearing from those aid workers on the ground?
WALSH: Well, 300,000 people, according to the United Nations, are still in that eastern enclave of Aleppo that's being held pretty much by the Syrian
rebels since 2012.
Now there has been substantial fighting over the main access road. The only real remaining way in or out of that Syrian, rebel-held enclave in the
east known as the Costello Road (ph).
Now, it has gone back and forth over the past couple months. But the Syrian Regime (inaudible) agency today said that they have taken it and
effectively besieged and sealed that area.
Such gains have been reversed in the past. And that siege has been in effect to some degree for a few weeks now because simply trying to travel
on that escape route is so perilous.
Aid workers inside are saying they can't take casualties out to get treatment in southern
Turkey. They are complaining of no food, no medicine, even an absence of water. There has even been air strikes today in which at least 16 people
have been reported killed in that particular area.
In fact, one bombing occurring while we were on the phone speaking to one aid worker just inside that particular area.
It is deeply troubling and it is potentially one of the most tragic and awful episodes the Syrian civil war may actually see.
That area of Aleppo, so many people are under such harsh conditions already so close to a complete besieging that many aid workers -- in fact one has
been given to make comparisons to Sreprenica, one of the massacres of the Balkan war, something which the world has said would never happen again, but risks potentially recurring
here in Aleppo, that encirclement it sounds, about as complete as it has been since this conflict began -- Isa.
SOARES: Our Nick Paton Walsh there for us in Beirut, Lebanon. Thanks very much.
Now Russia's Olympic hopefuls are getting a presidential sendoff in Moscow. Vladimir Putin met with the country's Olympic team and took the opportunity
to denounce what he called discrimination against Russian sportsmen and women.
Reports say just over 100 of the original 387 Russian athletes will compete in Rio after bans were imposed over allegations, if you remember, of state-
Meanwhile, just days before the start of the games, the Olympic organizing committee says just
over half of the buildings at the athletes' village have passed safety tests so far. Our Shasta Darlington has more from Rio.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: An emergency task force, 630 electricians, plumbers, and masons apparently doing the trick.
KITTY CHILLER, CHIEF DE MISSION AUSTRALIA: We are extremely happy with the progress that has been made in the last 24 hours in the village.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Any Kangaroos?
DARLINGTON: In fact, some Australian athletes already moving in and praising the apartments.
ANDY SMITH, AUSTRALIAN ATHLETE: I think they're great. I think they're really spacious. Obviously there's still a little bit of cleaning to be
done, but in general I think it's going to be a great location.
DARLINGTON: Just two days earlier, the delegation refused to move in to the athletes village citing blocked toilets, leaky pipes, and exposed
The mayor of Rio fueled the fire by offering to put a kangaroo in the village to make them happy.
"It's natural to make adjustments," he said, "but we want them to feel at home here. I'm almost putting a kangaroo here to jump in front of them."
Other teams found alternative ways to solve their problems.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) we spent some money. But, you know...
DARLINGTON: Pressuring or hiring people?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pressuring and doing the cleaning ourselves.
DARLNIGTON: The Olympic Village officially opened its doors on Sunday, but organizers now admit only 16 of the 31 towers was even operational.
Now they say everything really will be ready by Thursday The Belarussians posted a picture of a clogged shower drain and someone from the Kenyan team
wrote this message on a wall.
Now it's hoping all the last-minute work allows them to focus on winning.
Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.
SOARES: Our Rosa Flores is in Rio with more on the preparations. And Rosa, organizers in Brazil have been somewhat embarrassed, let's say, by
what we call a barrage of multiple problems -- the Zika virus, heavy pollution, dirty water. With nine days or so to go to Brazil begins this,
are they ready for it? Are the athletes ready?
ROSA FLORES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You know, it really makes you wonder what will this -- what will these Olympic Games be remembered
for? Will they be remembered for Zika or for the polluted water or for kangaroo gate? It really makes you wonder.
Now, what we hear from organizers is that everything will be ready by the time that the games kick off on August 5th. But like you mentioned there
have been problems. One of those could actually close today, and that's kangaroo gate.
Now, you heard there in Shasta's piece how the Australians were having a lot of trouble with
their facilities at the athletic village. Well -- and then you heard how the mayor of Rio mentioned that
he would bring over, perhaps a kangaroo, so that they could be welcomed.
Well hear this. From what we are hearing, all of those problems have been fixed for the Australians. They started moving in to the village already.
And the mayor is expected to give them the keys to the athletic village during a press conference today.
And, Isa, what we are hearing is that the Australians have a surprise for the mayor of Rio. So, we're, you know, kind of guessing as to what that
surprise could be. If you ask me, I think they might give him a kangaroo in exchange for the keys to the athletic village.
[11:40:22] SOARES: Let me talk a bit about the complex itself, because it's one of the biggest ever, the village, isn't it, Rosa? How secure is
FLORES: You know, a western diplomat tells us that after Nice the perimeter was expanded, restrictions were added, and of course they are
constantly updating their protocols because of all the recent attacks in Europe in recent days and in recent weeks. And so they continue to monitor
and expand that perimeter or add restrictions.
Now, I just got off the phone probably a few hours ago with the head first responder for the
aquatic portion of the Olympic Games. He tells me that they also have facilities inside the athletic village to make sure that they are ready to
respond to any accident, to any accident that the athletes might have, to any sort of terrorist attack, to any sort of biological attack.
So, aside from the security that surrounds the village, there are also first responders that are
inside the village to make sure that they are ready to respond, to make sure that there are quick medics and medical attention that can be given
within that facility.
So overall, we hear that there are 85,000 security officers, whether it be firemen, police
officers, soldiers in Rio de Janiero to make sure that these games go without a hitch.
And I can tell you just behind me we were able to expand our shot a little more you would be able to see a navy ship. There are navy officers --
naval officers off the coast of Rio as well. It is very, very fortified. Those 85,000 -- that's double what we saw in London. And of course there
is reasons for this. There has been a lot of attacks in Europe and other parts around the world and they want to make sure that these athletes and
the spectators are safe.
SOARES: And Rosa, I remember when I was covering the World Cup there, there were so many concerns that things weren't going to be ready on time,
specifically infrastructure. Do you get a sense from speaking to those high up in the government that perhaps things will be ready, or are they
behind schedule? What are the Brazilian government telling you?
FLORES: You know they are working 24/7. They are really trying to finish up and patch up all of those new projects to make sure that spectators can
get to the events, to and from the events, and those are still a work in progress. And so, we're going to have to see if in these nine days they're
able to patch everything up.
Now, if we can take their record as to what they have done with the athletic village and apply
to it transportation, we could say they might be able to patch it all up and have it ready. They brought in 630 handymen, electricians, masons, to
finish up the athletic village because only half of those buildings were ready.
They are expecting those buildings to be ready tomorrow, so eight days before the games, not so bad. But, again, they are having to bring in a
lot of resources, a lot of hands and manpower to be able to finish everything before the games.
SOARES: Rosa Flores for us there in Rio de Janiero. No doubt you will have more on
kangaroo gate. Thanks very much Rosa. Good to see you.
We'll have more on the Olympics just ahead. We'll have the story of an athlete who has overcome incredible odds to compete in next week's games,
how he conquered his fears for a chance at gold.
Now we want to bring you a report from Venezuela now. First, I must warn you it does contain some disturbing images. But we think it's important to
show you the reality of every day life there. We've shown you before how the country's spiraling economic collapse, forcing people to queue for
almost everything they need the live. Well, that desperation helping fuel a soaring murder rate in the capital Caracas the violence has lead to
perhaps the grimmest line of all: relatives waiting to claim the body of their loved ones. Paula Newton is there for us with the story.
PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In one of the world's most violent countries, and especially in its murderous capital Caracas, death
often comes suddenly, randomly -- killers acting without mercy.
Ismail Garcia's (ph) mother says they only wanted her son's motorcycle but took his life, too.
Garcia, a 33-year-old photo journalist was visiting his girlfriend on Caracas' west side. Within minutes a man who every day documented Caracas'
savage contagion of crime bled out on the pavement like thousands before him.
His mother says she is so heartbroken and shocked she struggles to remember to breathe, let alone make sense of what happened.
Taking a ride in one of many Venezuela's barrios, or slums, and you venture into a no-man's land of drug dealers, thieves, gangs and militias. Even
police aren't safe on the streets.
The murder rate is at least ten times higher than in most U.S. cities.
The crippling economic crisis has only made things worse. People risking their life every
time they line up for food.
Some will end up queuing here, too, racked with grief and outside Bella Monte, Caracas's central morgue.
This is another one of the humiliations that Venezuelans tell us about. They have to line up for
everything, including the bodies of their loved ones. We're here outside the morgue, and we can already smell death.
The reason? Gruesomely explained here in images inside the morgue obtained by CNN. So many victims of crime, the corpses literally pile up.
Workers tell us bodies are here sometimes for months, no refrigeration.
And then there's this, they call it the rotten freezer. Human remains protrude from body bags, indignities usually reserved for countries ravaged
And then there's the autopsies -- improvised tools, shortages of chemicals, face masks, even gloves.
Luis Alberto Leal knows what's inside. He just identified his 17-year-old brother, Jesus, shot four times, still doesn't know why. He's been trying
to claim Jesus' remains for three days; a confusing, expensive process.
Finally the makeshift hearse with his brother's body leaves the morgue.
[11:47:06] UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I feel like I have something in my chest that hasn't allowed me to break down yet, but it's
NEWTON: In life, death, even burial, there is an alarming degradation of humanity as society spirals.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody lives in fear in Venezuela -- the poor, the middle class, the rich.
NEWTON: Professor Roberto Briseno Leon (ph) has led several research studies on the cause of the staggering crime here. He says there is a
culture of impunity.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That means that 91 percent of the homicides there is not even one arrest. So what what we are really living in Venezuela is a
process of incivility in the everyday life.
NEWTON: Incivility clearly extends not just to life here, but death, too.
Paula Newton, CNN, Caracas.
SOARES: Well, since CNN filed that report, a fence has been erected around the Bella Monte the morgue restricting access to the facility. CNN has
made repeated attempts to contact government authorities of Venezuela for comment and received no response.
Well, you are watching CNN and Connect the World. Be right back after this short break.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Watch It Food (ph) supplies baby and toddler meals to resell (inaudible) that are completely 100 percent natural.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Six years ago, Davies (ph) was a nursery school teacher in Johannesburg. She noticed many of the children had low energy
and poor concentration. She started cooking nutritious meals at home and supplying them to other school moms.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I realized that there wasn't sufficient nutritious meals in the marketplace for young children. And that combined with my
love of cooking and hours and hours spent in the kitchen evolved into a business that combined both my
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: More than $300 million worth of baby food is sold in South
Africa every year with natural and organic products rapidly gaining marketshare, Davies felt that her start-up was ripe to cash in on it.
Her first step was to identify a suitable retailer. After tenaciously calling buyers twice a day for almost six months, she finally managed to
land her first big order. The increased demand required a move to a larger premises and the Orchard Foods (ph) factory was born.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The herbs are very important for us because we don't have any
preservatives in our meals and we don't have artificial flavor as well or colorants.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ingredients are sourced daily from nearby farms: fresh vegetables
that are pesticide free.
Together with her husband, they funded the start-up themselves with an investment of $90,000, but sustaining growth proved to be a challenge.
UNIDENIFIED FEMALE: I realized that we needed more skills within the business and more financial backing, that was when I decided that I was
going to take on an investor, and that has been tremendously beneficial to the business.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There are eight products in the range catering for toddlers from 6 to 18 months old. The company currently produces 8,000
jars of baby food monthly, supplying 32 stores in Johannesburg, Capetown, and Durbin.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I actually can't believe how the business has grown in the past few years going from selling a few jars to a few moms at home
in our neighborhood to all the stores that we are in now.
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: And with an agreement in place to roll out an additional 700 stores over the next five years, this entrepreneur mom seems
to have discovered the recipe for start-up success.
SOARES: You are watching CNN. And this is Connect the World. I'm Isa Soares, welcome back to the show.
Now, for our Parting Shots, the remarkable journey of an Indian athlete set to compete in next week's Olympics. He rode his way from a drought-hit
village toward the waters of Rio. Our Sumnima Udas has his story.
[11:55:01] SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: He was once terrified of water. He had never seen so much water in his life. But life
is strange sometimes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ready?
UDAS: Call it irony, or fate -- 25-year-old Dattu Bhokanal is going from a drought-stricken village in western India to Rio de Janiero. He is the
only Indian rower to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
DATTU BHOKANAL, INDIAN ROWER(through translator): When I think about how much my life has changed, I just laugh. When they told me I had qualified
for the Olympics, I didn't even know what it meant.
UDAS: Dattu grew up in a small village in India's state of Marashra (ph), one of the worst states affected by drought.
BHOKANAL (through translator): My only dream was to become the best farmer in my village. I wanted to produce the best crop. But the lack of water
made it very difficult to survive as a farmer.
UDAS: He spent hours every day lugging water from village wells, every drop so precious.
This is his home. And inside -- he's saying he lives here with his entire family in this one room and a kitchen over there. He has no running water,
no TV, no refrigerator, this is his life.
It's a life he long wanted to overcome. He joined the army, picking up a paddle for the first time in 2012. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Gearing up for the Olympics is no easy feat. Dattu has been going through some intense training, rowing up and down this 2,000 meter stretch. And he
is looking pretty good.
Prioritizing performance over everything else, Dattu's hardships back home only motivating him to push harder.
BHOKANAL (through translator): I have so many problems at home. My father is dead. My mother is paralyzed. Our fields are dry. We are in debt. So
I need to win to support my family, to have a better life.
UDAS: Rowing himself and his family out of poverty, Dattu is aiming for gold in Rio. He knows it is a long shot, but for his family and drought-
ridden village, in many ways he has already won.
Sumnima Udas, CNN, Marastra (ph), India.
SOARES: Fabulous story.
Well, that Indian rower is really breaking boundaries along with many Olympians no matter where they are or how they look. Just like the first
Muslim woman competing heating in the hijab for team USA
Well, for that story and others, our team is working on throughout the day, why don't you head to our Facebook page, Facebook.com/CNNconnect.
That does it for us for this hour. I'm Isa Soares. And that was Connect the World. Thanks very much for watching.