I first read about this story in this Wednesday's Latin America Round Up in the daily PDF version of El País and promptly looked for other coverage on the issue. This was all I could find. Apparently the citizens of the Chaco Province of Argentina seem to have been forgotten:
Images of emaciated men and women suffering from hunger and tuberculosis in the district of Villa Río Bermejito are merely the epilogue to a long history of neglect and unaddressed demands for Toba, Wichí and Mocoví Indians in Chaco, one of Argentina’s poorest provinces.
More than a year after a month-long hunger strike by indigenous activists protesting serious irregularities in the distribution of public land over the past decade, the Nelson Mandela Centre for Studies and Research reported the deaths of 13 members of indigenous communities in the province in the last few months.
The deaths were caused by acute malnutrition associated in most cases with tuberculosis and other health problems like parasites, Chagas disease and cancer. "We are facing a humanitarian disaster," Rolando Núñez, director of the Mandela Centre, told IPS.
The Mandela Centre said a study carried out by the national government in Villa Río Bermejito found 92 cases of malnutrition this month.
The El País article, which I will have scanned as a PDF file tomorrow, is heart-wrenching. It describes schools where children cannot stay awake from the fatigue brought on by hunger, how 96% of the indigenous people in Chaco are below the poverty line and that about half of the residents of the region's capital, Resistencia are "going without food." The story appears to remain uncovered. This is a disgrace.