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Fighting for Basic Services, and News, in the Slums

The media project Mundo Villa chronicles life good and bad in the informal settlements of Buenos Aires.
Villa 31, in central Buenos Aires, has grown substantially in recent years.
Villa 31, in central Buenos Aires, has grown substantially in recent years. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

BUENOS AIRES—Walter Felipe is used to receiving strange looks when he says he lives in Villa 31, one of the largest shantytowns in Buenos Aires.

"Once a TV producer told me, 'You don't look like you are from a villa.' And I answered, 'What does a guy from a villa look like?' He didn't know what to say," Felipe recalls.