Poverty in urban suburbs (Spain)

Poverty in urban suburbs (Spain)
1960. Women doing the washing outdoors © Museo de Historia de Madrid

Poverty in urban suburbs (Spain)

The depopulation of the rural world in Spain speeds up as from 1959, when many farmers with subsistence economies had to leave their villages in search of work in urban centres. Many shantytowns thus sprang up around large cities like the Cerro del Tío Pío, in Vallecas (Madrid), with no running water and electricity and where the women, among other duties, ran the management of water and nutritional, hygiene and health services for the family, like the women in the picture who are doing the washing outdoors.

Favoured by a later economic boom, these townships slowly disappeared.