Las Hurdes

...are just the roof tiles of the village.
Entering the village, we are greeted by a chorus of coughing.
Most of the villagers are ill.
It's a scene of devastating misery.
The principle disease here is goitre.
Look at this woman with her goitre:
She's only 32 years old.
We visit the village in the company of the mayor.
On an empty street we see a girl.
We ask the mayor what's wrong with her.
He tells us the girl's been there 3 days without moving.
She must be sick.
One of us goes up to her...
:11:09 find out what's wrong with her throat.
He asks her to open her mouth.
Her gums and throat are inflamed.
Sadly there's nothing we can do for her.
Two days later we returned to the village.
We asked after the girl and were told she had died.
What do the people of this sterile land eat?
Almost the only food here is...
...potatoes and beans, and then not always.
Especially in June and July...
...there's not enough food.
The only meat is pork.
But only the wealthier families have a pig.
Once a year a pig is slaughtered. The meat lasts three days.
Olive trees grow in more fertile spots.