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A governmental team supported by the army distributes food handouts in Villa Rio Bermejito. The village is mainly home to indigenous people who have settled on the outskirts. Food handouts had been given for several years, but were stopped unexpectedly in 2015, which prompted protests by inhabitants. Social assistance programs have often comprised food handouts offering a very short-term solution, which to some critics promotes dependence on governmental help while ignoring other more long-lasting solutions