Virus deepens Argentina’s economic crisis as poverty soars

  • In this June 2, 2020 photo, Valentin Benitez tries to get the attention of his mother Natividad Benitez during an interview in their home, during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Villa 1-11-14 slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The number of Argentines in poverty is supposed to reach 45 percent this year as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens an already grave economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — As they wait out quarantine in a cramped, windowless room, Natividad Benítez brings her six children all of their meals from the soup kitchen where she earns $133 a month, barely enough to cover her rent and a few extra monthly costs.