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Latin America's Social Distance Disconnect

April 01, 2020

“They tell us on TV to wash our hands and our clothes – how are people here supposed to do this if they don’t have water or soap?”

Jorge Luiz Souza, 57, lives in Morro do Andaraí, a favela smack in the middle of a hillside in northern Rio de Janeiro, where residents are struggling to square their already vulnerable situations with the reality of a pandemic that has left many without jobs. 

In Mexico, Norma Puchet Mixtega hops a bus – now half empty – to head to work cleaning a furniture store in Mexico City’s upscale Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood. “Until they tell me not...

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