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Health problems along the laredo border draft


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Health problems along the laredo border draft

  1. 1. Health Problems along the Laredo Border<br />These slides show conditions along the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border area from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. They were used in presentations by Victor Oliveros, Laredo Health Department, during that time period.<br />
  2. 2. Nuevo Laredo colonias<br />The demise of an active binational environmental health program, the devaluation of the peso in the early 1980s , and a large increase in population on both sides of the border led to deteriorating environment in both border cities.<br />
  3. 3. Cardboard Home<br />Squatters or “paracaidistas” build homes from whatever they are able to find.<br />
  4. 4. Colonia Volutad y Trabajo – public water faucet<br />It is estimated that approximately 40,000 people live in “Cardboard Town.” The water supply is very limited, perhaps with only a single faucet in the middle of each block.<br />
  5. 5. Sewage in the streets of Rio Bravo, TX<br />Most colonia homes are not hooked up to sewer lines and sewage flows freely in the streets toward the river.<br />