Children Dying in Argentina Are Seen as "Victims of Injustice"

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 9, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The children dying of hunger in the Argentine province of Tucuman can be considered «victims of injustice,» says L’Osservatore Romano.

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The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper dedicated the front page of its Friday edition to the latest victim, Johanna, a 3-year-old who died Wednesday from illnesses linked to malnutrition.

Johanna is the 20th victim of indigence in Tucuman, one of the poorest regions of a country that, «despite the very great economic and financial crisis, continues to be one of the first world producers of foods,» the newspaper said.

«The food produced every year in Argentina could easily eradicate the plague of hunger,» it continued. «However, this is not so. For this reason, the drama of the children of Tucuman awakens disturbing questions on the validity of a whole model of development.»

«Johanna and the other children who have shared her sad fate, rather than being victims of hunger can be considered victims of injustice,» the newspaper concluded.

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