Homelessness rises in Argentina’s capital amid crisis

  • In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, Hector Garcia and Maria Ortega sit inside their makeshift tent on a sidewalk in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Leaning out of a structure made out of layers of cloth and plastic tethered to a supermarket cart, Garcia jokes with passers-by. “You keep laughing, you will be right next to me soon,” he sometimes tells people with a laugh. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Damiana Aleman, right, sweeps the sidewalk where she lives with her daughters Nicole, left, and Valentina, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eight months ago, the Aleman family became unable to keep up with soaring utilities costs. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Valentina Aleman sits on the sidewalk where she lives with her family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two-year-old runs down the sidewalk, dodging cardboard boxes, a worn-out sofa and a broken refrigerator without noticing the cars zooming dangerously close to her and others risks of living on the streets. “Being here with (the children) is not nice. The main risk is their health,” Valentina’s mother, Damiana said. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Maximiliano Aleman lies on a mattress on a sidewalk in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Families living on the streets outside shopping malls, bus stations and parks have become an increasingly common sight in Buenos Aires, as an economic crisis, soaring inflation and a spike in utility bills fueled by austerity measures have left more people unable to afford a home. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this March 11, 2019 photo, a man sleeps at one end of a two garbage dumpsters on a street in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The country’s long-running crisis sharpened in 2018 when the Argentine peso lost about half its value following a run on the currency. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, Nicole Aleman lies inside a box on the street where she lives with her family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A makeshift tent of cardboard and plastic bags on the side of a busy avenue in the Argentine capital serves as the shelter for the girl, her four siblings and her parents, who sleep sharing two old mattresses laid out on the concrete. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A smiling two-year-old Valentina Aleman runs down a sidewalk in Buenos Aires, dodging cardboard boxes, a worn-out sofa and a broken refrigerator without noticing the cars zooming dangerously close to her and others risks of living on the streets.

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