The Blue Box Ghetto

The Blue Box Ghetto
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Year Photographed: 1993

Origin: Peru

I stayed here for an entire month. My room was at the opposite end of the ghetto. It included a mattress on the floor and a toilet. Above the toilet was an electric coil that warmed the water for my daily shower. In order to shower, it was necessary to hover above the toilet.

The economy of the Incan region has been overcome by the depths of poverty. Peru is in a financial crisis, with 50 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Young indigenas leave their Andes villages to find work in the cities, but unemployment rates of 9 percent defeat many would-be employees. They find themselves living in shantytowns on the outskirts of the cities in conditions far worse than their home villages.