A Hunger for Land
San Isidro, Los Cedrales district, Alto Paraná--October 30, 2008--Miguela Céspedes Bogado, 15, was born in the village of San Isidro without legs. She has a partial foot extending directly from her right thigh, and two fingers are missing from her right hand. Her father used to use a backpack kit to apply pesticides and herbicides to his fields for his family's own consumption, but stopped doing so about 8 years ago. In San Isidro, a small community composed of a hundred or so houses clustered around one single road, transgenic soy plantations surround the village on all sides, at a higher elevation than community itself. Cancer rates are high there, as well as miscarriages, and several children have been born with birth defects.
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