AMERICA/ARGENTINA - The plight of Quilmes denounced by Mgr. Tissera: "People no longer have money to buy milk"

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 human rights   development   poverty   street children  

Quilmes (Agenzia Fides) - The "Mass of Hope" was celebrated on Saturday, November 19 with a massive presence of faithful, at the big park of the Malvinas, point of encounter of the three districts that make up the Argentinean diocese of Quilmes. For 21 years we have been celebrating the "Mass of Hope" here, which this year had a special motivation: the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy and the 40 years of the creation of the diocese of Quilmes.
In his homily, sent to Fides, His Exc. Mgr. Carlos José Tissera, Bishop of Quilmes, used strong words to describe unemployment and job insecurity, hunger and even drug trafficking.
"It is not something that we are told, but we see: in our public soup kitchens the number of children and teenagers have increased. Currently in some areas young people also ask for only a plate of food. People have no more money to buy something to eat", said the Archbishop. Mgr. Tissera stressed: "statistics show that even milk consumption has decreased". "We are seriously concerned by the fact that in some neighborhoods the number of children with tuberculosis is increasing. There are also cases of malnutrition".
Because of a large number of citizens, the Bishop also denounced the situation of undeclared and poorly paid work. "We are here today because we want to pray for a job, work is necessary. But not for a low-paid job. We cannot reach the end of the month. We also know that the crisis regards everyone, even for small and medium-sized companies, but these are the backbone of our southern region".
In conclusion Mgr. Tissera also complained about the increase in the number of people, mostly poor, who from the countryside settle in urban centers, and build themselves temporary accommodation: "to have a home is a serious problem, as well as problems related to health, education, insecurity and drugs". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 22/11/2016)