Back in 2013, I had the privilege of interviewing Fernando Aguirre, who survived the Argentinian economic collapse that started in 2001. He tells a fascinating story of how quickly municipal water sanitation deteriorated in Buenos Aires after the crisis began.
Fernando’s brother came to visit him from Spain during the crisis—and the first thing that happened is that his brother got sick from drinking the water.
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You see, as collapse unfolded in Buenos Aires, maintenance on the water and sewage utility systems deteriorated, and levels of sanitation plummeted among the general public. Illnesses and diseases that had never been seen before in Argentina suddenly showed up—diseases that were more common in places like India or Africa.
The primary cause? We now know that the increased incidence of sickness correlated with decreasing standards of public sanitation.
I haven’t made this podcast recording available to our community for some years, but our country is once again dealing with economic crisis.
If you want to hear the podcast where Fernando speaks candidly and openly about his experiences during the Argentinian collapse:
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