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A heartbreaking picture of a poverty-stricken girl on her hands and knees drinking from a PUDDLE is shocking people across the globe.
The girl – who looks around three or four years old – from the indigenous Mbya Guarani community in Argentina, was seen quenching her thirst during a heatwave as temperature soared to 37C.
The youngster and pals are said to beg for money during the day in the city of Posadas in the north-east of the South American country.
Voluntary worker Migue Ríos started a national debate which has now crossed the borders of his native Argentina after posting the picture – taken by a local journalist – on his Facebook page.
Migue, who works at UNICEF Argentina and is based in Posadas, said in a message alongside the distressing photo: “While the country is on fire, this little Guarani girl hydrates herself from the ground.
“We must be doing something wrong as a society, mustn’t we?
Revealing the youngster was seen afterwards by doctors, he added: “Why did I post the photo?
“So that we finally start talking as a society about a problem which we often don’t do anything about because no-one highlights it, while those who should do something just carry on lining their pockets.”
Today local news website Misiones Online explained the story behind the photo, revealing it had been taken by one of its reporters during a heatwave in the centre of Posadas, around 1pm on Wednesday.
It said: “A Misiones Online journalist was driving along Mitre Avenue when he stopped at a traffic light and saw the crude scene, which regrettably often happens in the centre of Posadas.
“Youngsters from the Mbya Guarani community who are exploited from adults in their community begging for money in the city.
“And although they’re always being helped, they resist when it comes to abandoning the area because their earnings are greater than what they could make in their villages.
“The journalist, who lives in the area, is used to seeing these sorts of scenes but he got out his camera and sent the photo to colleagues to see if more could be done to help them.
“Another colleague shared the images with a group of friends who managed to get together things for them including bottled water.
“These children were helped in that way, as well as many families living on the streets in the city.
“Municipal and provincial governors help them on repeated occasions, even taking them back to the villages they come from, but they usually end up returning a short while later to beg for money again.”
The photo has prompted a wave of anger and soul-searching among the thousands of people who have shared it online.
Ana Mari Gimenez Pons wrote: “I would be ashamed if I were a millionaire boasting about my luxury lifestyle while others die of hunger.”
Tamara Lamirona added: “Put yourself in the place of that little girl and what she must fell or imagine your children in that situation!!”
The Guarani are a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America.
They use the Guarani language and are present in what is today Paraguay as well as the Missions province of Argentina which Posadas is in as well as southern Brazil.
The total population of Myba Guarani in Misiones is though to number around 3,000 people.
Mother, Son arrainged for killing alleged housebreaker.
A 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son have been arraigned for beating an alleged housebreaker to death in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.
Police confirmed they were investigating a murder after a 23-year-old housebreaker, identified as Solomzi Gcanca, was killed on Wednesday, June 19.
SAPS spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha said members of the community witnessed the [mother and son] beating the young man”
The man was found dead in the street by community members on Wednesday evening at Ext 14B, Mcubakazi township, Butterworth.
“The community was so angry that they wanted the woman and her son to be evicted from where they live. But we could not do that. Our job was to arrest them,”
The community was angry about what happened to Gcanca.
“The alleged killers took matters into their own hands by beating the man for breaking into their house. What they were supposed to do was come to the police,” he added.
Both suspects were expected to appear in court on Tuesday
Nato warn Russia to refrain New Missle plan
Source: Reuters – NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.
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NATO defense ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We will need to respond,” Stoltenberg said.
He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defense ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.
The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.
Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missile.
The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.
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