After investigating the extent of malnutrition endemic in Guatemala that affects a staggering 48% of children under five years old, The Argentina Independent spoke to a cross section of people to gauge their opinion on malnutrition and food insecurity, not just in Guatemala but across the whole of Latin America. Here are their thoughts.
Photos by Bodhi Stanberry.
Rodrigo De Prato, 31, purchasing officer, Buenos Aires
In reality it concerns politics and the economy, but it is not just in one country, it is a massive issue in the whole of South America. The solutions rely on political will, but in terms of particular solutions, I do not know to solve all this poverty.
Florencia Cerda, 29, student, Buenos Aires
Truthfully, the situation in Guatemala is something I do not know much about, but there is so much malnutrition even here, and in all the world, all the cities. It is crazy to think that we worry about our own finances when people are living so basically that they can’t even eat.
Ernesto Capece, 84, retired journalist, Buenos Aires
Yes, but here too! Where is the wealth? If you go to the outskirts you are going see the children there with clothes ripped, they do not have water, electricity, they do not have jobs. Here, it is very serious, not in this city, but this does not represent all of the country.
Miguel Neve, 64, trader, Cordoba
In Latin America, poverty is quite bad. It lives on here. There is a lot of corruption. In Argentina, the situation is difficult to really understand but the solution starts this week, with the right to vote.
Malnutrition is a situation of poverty, in Argentina too, there are problems of people living on the margins, in places that are not secure, without proper housing or access to healthcare and education. A solution, although it is a very complicated issue, is to improve the economic crisis and to introduce more social projects amongst the lower classes. But in general, I do not know how you can ensure all the necessities to so many.