The image is shocking. A Mbyá Guarani girl tries to quench her thirst by drinking in a small puddle in a small square in Posadas (Argentina) that became her home, while her parents and siblings try to sell some handicrafts. The photo was published on the Facebook social network and was already shared more than 2,000 times, in addition to generating all kinds of comments.
Miguel Ríos, a young man with a marked social commitment, was in charge of spreading the image, which had been taken by another person on Miter Avenue, less than ten blocks from the Government House of Misiones. “While the country catches fire, this Guarani girl is hydrated from the ground. We are doing something wrong as a society, right? “, He posted on Facebook.
Following some criticism he received for the publication, Ríos maintained that his intention was that “once and for all a social debate be initiated regarding a problem that goes unnoticed, nothing is done, and those who should do something, they fill the pockets. ” He added that “it is a picture to question many things and to realize once and for all that they do not choose to live like that, but that the situation in which they live led them to that”.
In another publication, Ríos clarified that the Mbya were assisted by the one who took the heartbreaking image. On the photo, he said: “I made the decision to upload it on my Facebook so that they become aware once and for all, it is the reality that we are living. I think the best way to protest is this, since those who should take care of them the only interest they have is to steal. Let’s stop covering the sun with your hand and once they take charge or, if not, let’s go out and paint them! ”
In Misiones, they live about 6,500 mbya in a little more than 200 villages. Their main source of income is the sale of handicrafts and they survive on the scarce assistance provided by the Directorate of Guarani Affairs. When mbya families travel to Posadas to sell their products, they live for days in the plazas because they do not have shelters. While their parents offer baskets and sizes, the little ones settle at the stoplights to beg. They live by the solidarity and assistance that they bring from the Church.