General view of one of the main streets of Ocho de Mayo, an informal settlement in the district of General Saint Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in January 2006. The neighborhood is named after the date in which the first settlers moved in, on the 8th of May of 1998.
Today, Ocho de Mayo is home to about 1,500 families, many of them young. Of the 5,000 residents, 3,000 are under 16. About 65 percent of the population is Paraguayan. The rest are from nearby towns or elsewhere in Argentina. This neighborhood does not look very different from the villas miseria —slums or shantytowns— that ring the Argentine capital.