Argentine government struggling to reduce poverty and debt

Tigre (Argentina) (AFP) – With Argentina suffocated by debt, the government has turned to food stamps, price controls and popular markets to alleviate the suffering of its 10 million poor, but there are no guarantees these measures will stem the ravages of recession.Maria Benitez is a mother of six whose husband finds short-term off-the-books work where he can. She struggles to put food on the table for her family.For this housewife from the Benavides suburb of Buenos Aires, even buying the bare necessities is beyond her reach.”You need a lot of money” just to shop in a supermarket, she said.T…

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