We are in Villa Miseria, one of the poor neighborhoods on the fringes of Buenos Aires, one of the many villas, the neighborhoods that have grown up, often without planning and under emergency housing conditions, on the fringes of the big city.
There is little difference from the ‘favelas’ and slums of other poor suburbs of the world. One only has to look at what the ‘streets,’ better, los pasillos, are to realize this: guts five feet wide, the houses on both sides, with the walls face to face.
Families, large and extended to grandparents, live in cramped and unhealthy spaces. Yet, they live a generous poverty and know how to share, despite the heavy straits.