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Shame on you Argentina

Wednesday, December 20th 2017 - 08:45 UTC
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This harrowing image was taken by a local journalist and gained notoriety when it was uploaded to Facebook by Unicef worker Migue Ríos. This harrowing image was taken by a local journalist and gained notoriety when it was uploaded to Facebook by Unicef worker Migue Ríos.
In the comments section underneath the post, which has been shared almost 2,500 times, Rios confirmed that the child had been taken to see a doctor. In the comments section underneath the post, which has been shared almost 2,500 times, Rios confirmed that the child had been taken to see a doctor.

A heartbreaking photo of a tiny indigenous girl drinking from a filthy puddle in the blistering sun has prompted soul searching across Argentina and the wider Spanish-speaking world. The toddler, from the Mbya Guarani people who live across Brazil and Argentina, was reported to be begging for money with other children in the city of Posadas.

 Mbya children are frequently sent into the north east Argentine city by their elders to beg for money.

This harrowing image was taken by a local journalist and gained notoriety when it was uploaded to Facebook by Unicef worker Migue Ríos.

“While the country is on fire, this little Guarani girl hydrates herself from the ground We must be doing something wrong as a society, mustn't we?”

In the comments section underneath the post, which has been shared almost 2,500 times, Rios confirmed that the child had been taken to see a doctor.

He added: “Why did I post the photo?

”So that we finally start talking as a society about a problem which we often don't do anything about because no-one highlights it, while those who should do something just carry on lining their pockets.“

The photograph was taken by a photojournalist from Argentine news site Misiones Online. The website wrote an explanation of the story behind the it, which read: ”'A Misiones Online journalist was driving along Mitre Avenue when he stopped at a traffic light and saw the dire scene, which regrettably happens often in the centre of Posadas.

“Youngsters from the Mbya Guarani community are exploited by adults in their community and beg for money in the city. Although they're being helped, they resist when it comes to abandoning the area because their earnings are greater than what they could make in their villages.

”The journalist, who lives in the area, is used to seeing these sorts of things but he got out his camera and sent the photo to colleagues to see if more could be done to help them. Another colleague shared the images with a group of friends who managed to help them out with some things including water.

“These children were helped in that way, as are many families living on the streets in the city. Municipal and provincial governors help them on repeated occasions, even taking them back to the villages they come from, but they usually end up returning a short while later to beg for money again.”

Argentina is among the top 30 most unequal countries in the world, according to data compiled by the US government. The Guarani are a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America. They use the Guarani language and are present in what is today Paraguay as well as the Missions province of Argentina which Posadas is in as well as southern Brazil. The total population of Myba Guarani in Misiones is thought to number around 3,000 people.

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  • Marti Llazo

    Perhaps more convincing than that dubious photo would be the news from the same province about the inability (unwillingness?) of the Kirchnerist government to finish potable water works:

    MOJÓN GRANDE. ... más de 20 familias de Colonia Guerrero no tienen servicio de agua potable y sobreviven con agua estancada de una canaleta. En diálogo con MisionesCuatro, José Champes, vecino de la zona apuntó contra la intendente Renovadora Lucy Bar de Prichoda. Según denunció, hace unos cuatro años el Gobierno K inició la perforación de un pozo de agua y la obra quedó inconclusa. Los vecinos no tienen agua porque faltaron 500 metros de manguera....

    Dec 21st, 2017 - 03:34 pm +7
  • golfcronie

    Gosh Voice, you are sooo compassionate aren't you? You obviously don't like photos that are opposite to the Argentina that you like to portray. Anyway if you travel to Africa you will find children like that all over. Just shows what a backward country Argentina is.

    Dec 20th, 2017 - 11:22 am +6
  • Chicureo

    BK

    There is POOR, Living below the POVERTY level and MISERY.
    Argentina some time ago experienced a case of starvation which is shocking for such a wealthy country. It gives us all pause for thought here in South America.

    Then again, people are searching in rubbish bins in Venezuela...

    Dec 20th, 2017 - 05:53 pm +6
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