Living Conditions of Belen (slum area of Iquitos, Peru)
To the people of Belen it is a very small world – what they see is all that exists. Their daily desire is to raise one US dollar to feed themselves a single meal of a cooked plantain and a fish the size of a finger. Out of the immense poverty of Belen, we have seen a great need for medical care in this area. The homes in Belen are like rafts with modest roofs. There is constant moisture inside during the rainy season, most families sleep on the floor with no bed, no blankets, and many times on a flooded floor. Very few have access to clean water and a family is fortunate to have one meal a day. As a result of these conditions disease, pneumonia, infections, and parasites affect most of the population.