Friday 13 May 2016

Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay - a country that is obviously poor. The shanties on the river bank and on the main streets are very much what we see in Mumbai and in other Indian cities. The difference is that there is money in India, and business and industry, in a way that does not seem to be evident out here.

The history is one of much suffering. In the war waged by the neighbouring countries - Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia - a huge number of men lost their lives. It was the women who continued and revived the country, building up the population from scratch, as it were. The population is now some 6 million - it was 300,000 when the war ended, according to what I heard. 1 million live in the capital, Asuncion. 

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