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Cristina blames poverty on 'unfair income distribution'

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has urged an end to the observation of poverty as a natural phenomenon, and instead called on people to look into the problems of income distribution as a way to end the issue.

"It is important to look again at the poverty problem, not as a weather problem, a phenomenon that grows like mushrooms after rain, but as one of deep inequality and injustice in the distribution of income," the head of state affirmed.

Cristina spoke out as she headed an act confirming the extension of inclusion programmes as part of addiction treatment from Government House.

There are currently 24 such treatment centres across the country, overseen by 'shanty town priests', educational and therapeutic institutions.

"I would like to thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to being by the side of those most in need," CFK stated.

"I would like to express my gratitude for the work of the priests, who fight not only against drugs, but also intervene in all types of problems, in couples, homelessness. It is a social front of fight and inclusion."

The president, who signed a pact between anti-drug agency Sedronar and community-based religious figures, recalled the words of Brazilian bishop Helder Camara in her address.

"When I take care of the poor they say I am good, when I ask why the poor exist they say I am a communist," CFK fired, repeating the words of one of the original leaders of the Third World Priest movement.

"If we do not tackle the causes of problems, it is very hard to find solutions."
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