Stories
24 Dec 2021
By: OIM RO Buenos Aires

The photographic series Essentials won second prize in the South American "FotoMigración: Migration through other lenses", organized by the IOM Regional Office for South America. Its author is Anita Pouchard Serra.

Essentials

To face the impact of social isolation due to COVID-19, between March and September 2020, migrant workers in some quarters of Buenos Aires, Argentina, survived by means of self-organisation and solidarity. In the context of an economy with many challenges, the pandemic has driven immigrant communities —especially those from Peru, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Paraguay— to difficult and precarious situations. 
Community organisations, such as Migrar no es Delito and Frente de Organizaciones en Lucha (FOL), faced the crisis through collective and solidarity actions in connection with health care, housing and food. To tell this story, the Esenciales series focuses on the lives of Ana, Juana, Andrea, Patricia and Susana, five women migrant leaders from the neighbourhood of Padre Rodolfo Ricciardelli in Bajo Flores, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

 

Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 25th, 2020. Ana, originally from Peru, has been a member of FOL for nine years. She is one of the major figures in the Riestra neighbourhood, in Bajo Flores.
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 5th, 2020. Migrants who are members of FOL are holding up a sign pointing out the food emergency during the pandemic, in the framework of a demonstration serving meals in Bajo Flores.
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 5th, 2020. Members of FOL are taking all the necessary materials to hold a demonstration serving meals (olla popular) in the neighbourhood of Padre Rodolfo Ricciardelli in Bajo Flores.
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 18th, 2020. Yoli is one of the health promoters of the community. Together with her partners, she identified people at risk who could not leave their homes.

Download here the complete book "Migration through other lenses" which includes this photographic series and other winners of the South American FotoMigración Contest.

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