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A Tough Life On Lima's Rough Edges
Peru's economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as the world's eighth-fastest growing economy. Yet nearly 2 million of Lima's inhabitants live without running water.
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In this Sept. 9, 2013 photo, grave digger Juan Luis Cabrera takes a break from his work at the "Nueva Esperanza" cemetery in Lima, Peru. Cabrera's earns about $6 ½ U.S. dollars per grave. Perus capital is a city of contrasts. It can be hospitable, orderly and picturesque when seen through the eyes of a foreign tourist. But also squalid and chaotic in the crowded in the impoverished peripheries of this capital of 9 million, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 8, 2013 photo, a folk singer pretends to push a man, a performer who reenacts El salto del fraile or " the friar's jump" for clients dining at the restaurant of the same name, in the Chorillos district of Lima, Peru. The people who live on Limas fringes work as domestic servants, security guards and bus and taxi drivers in an anarchy of traffic and informality. Those who cant afford rent squat on Limas periphery, raising homes of wood and cardboard in a desert city where the only rain comes in the form of ocean mist. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd).

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In this July 13, 2013 photo, men laugh as they smear wet sand on themselves while sitting on a public beach in the Chorrillos neighborhood, Lima, Peru. Perus capital is a city of contrasts. It can be hospitable, orderly and picturesque when seen through the eyes of a foreign tourist. But also squalid and chaotic in the crowded impoverished peripheries of this capital of 9 million, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 31, 2013 photo, Marcos Coha guards the charred belongings for an uncle that were recovered from a home destroyed in a fire in the "El Progreso" neighborhood of Lima, Peru. Residents experienced in anguish the loss of their homes in late October when they helplessly watched a blaze consume 2 ½ blocks of their neighborhood. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 28, 2013 photo, the facade of a home advertises "soladura" or welding in Villas de Ancon neighborhood in Lima, Peru. Those who cant afford rent squat on Limas periphery, raising homes of wood and cardboard in a desert city where the only rain comes in the form of ocean mist. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Sept. 5, 2013 photo, Juan Barrueta, center, eats his lunch in a soup kitchen in Lima, Peru. A little more than a half hour by car from the touristy Lima of fine cuisine and breezy seaside promenades is the soup kitchen where Barrueta, an 84-year-old candy vendor, pays less than a dollar for lunch. There are days when I dont sell a thing, says Barrueta. And there are days when I only earn a dollar. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Aug. 6, 2013 photo, street lamps illuminate only the main road of the Cerro Candela neighborhood in Lima, Peru. The people who live on Limas fringes work as domestic servants, security guards and bus and taxi drivers in an anarchy of traffic and informality. For some, a one-way commute to jobs that pay less than $15 a day takes two to three hours on several rickety buses. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Aug. 12, 2013 photo, a man waves while transporting a woman with her daughter in a motorcycle cart in Lima, Peru. The dusty districts of Lima bulge with peasants whose high hopes for fortune are dashed by the grim reality of life on the margins. Most join the more than 60 percent of Peruvians in the informal economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 31, 2013 photo, the charred remains of a tree stands amid the ruins left from a massive fire in El Progreso neighborhood in Lima, Peru. Water is always an issue. The poorest in this coastal city of 9 million end up paying up to 10 times more for it than the inhabitants of Limas wealthy coastal districts. And when they need it desperately to extinguish a fire, its not available. El Progreso residents were helpless to detain the blaze that consumed 2 1/2 blocks of homes. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this July 17, 2013 photo, a girl sleeps on the shoulder of her mother in a public bus in the San Isidro neighborhood in Lima, Peru. The people who live on Limas fringes work as domestic servants, security guards and bus and taxi drivers in an anarchy of traffic and informality. For some, a one-way commute to jobs that pay less than $15 a day takes two to three hours on several rickety buses. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this July 10, 2013 photo, a vendor tests a typewriter he has repaired at his makeshift workshop, set up next to a mural that reads, "Lima Love," in downtown Lima, Peru. The dusty, chaotic, peripheries of this capital of 9 million bulge with dirt-poor peasants, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands who pour in every day, unprepared for  life in the big city. Most join the more than 60 percent of Peruvians in the informal economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 28, 2013 photo, a pay-per-hour love hotel is illuminated by neon lights, along the Pan-American highway in Lima, Peru. Perus economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as the worlds eighth-fastest growing economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Aug. 30, 2013 photo, a girl, who slipped away from her family, mischievously erases menu items from a dry erase board during celebrations in downtown Lima, Peru, marking the citys patron saint, "Santa Rosa de Lima." Perus economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as worlds eighth-fastest growing economy. Yet nearly 2 million of Limas inhabitants live without running water and access to quality health care and education is little more than a dream for many. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this July 13, 2013 photo, a man paddle surfs at a public beach in Barranco, Lima, Peru. The Peruvian economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it eighth globally in growth. Yet nearly 2 million of Limas inhabitants live without running water. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 28, 2013 photo, a private security guard walks to his job, two blocks away, in Villas de Ancon neighborhood in Lima, Peru. The people who live on Limas fringes work as domestic servants, security guards and bus and taxi drivers in an anarchy of traffic and informality. For some, a one-way commute to jobs that pay less than $15 a day takes two to three hours on several rickety buses. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this July 31, 2013 photo, a pedestrian pauses next to a row of mannequins modeling women's clothing in downtown Lima, Peru. Perus economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as worlds eighth-fastest growing economy. Yet nearly 2 million of Limas inhabitants live without running water. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Aug. 8, 2013 photo, a man playfully points a toy gun at his friend's forehead, as the four unemployed and homeless Peruvians drink alcohol while passing the time in the Villa Maria del Triunfo , Lima, Peru. Perus capital is a city of contrasts. It can be hospitable, orderly and picturesque when seen through the eyes of a foreign tourist. But also squalid and chaotic in the crowded impoverished peripheries of this capital of 9 million, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands who pour in every day, unprepared for  life in the big city. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Sept. 5, 2013 photo, a car wash banner leans against a sign with an arrow that points in the direction of "La Trinidad" parish in the Villa Maria del Triunfo district, in Lima, Peru. The people who live on Limas fringes work as domestic servants, security guards and bus and taxi drivers in an anarchy of traffic and informality. For some, a one-way commute to jobs that pay less than $15 a day takes two to three hours on several rickety buses. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Sept. 5, 2013 photo, a car draped with a moldy cover sits in the Virgin de Lourdes neighborhood, Lima, Peru. The dusty, chaotic, peripheries of this capital of 9 million bulge with dirt-poor peasants, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands who pour in every day, unprepared for  life in the big city. Most join the more than 60 percent of Peruvians in the informal economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Aug. 4, 2013 photo, a pack of strays attack another street dog in the Villa Maria del Triunfo district in Lima, Peru. Perus economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as worlds eighth-fastest growing economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A Tough Life On Lima's Rough Edges

Peru's economy nearly doubled in size over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund ranking it as the world's eighth-fastest growing economy. Yet nearly 2 million of Lima's inhabitants live without running water.

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