The Catholic Bishop of Santiago, Monsignor Alberto Camus, says the situation of the city's poor is "critical".
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Background: The Catholic Bishop of Santiago, Monsignor Alberto Camus, says the situation of the city's poor is "critical".
He lays the blame at the door of the Chilean President, Augusto Pinochet, saying the situation is aggravated by general high unemployment.
Bishop Camus quotes the Manufacturing Development Society, which controls the industrial potential of the country, as saying that 11.5 per cent of the Chilean work-force is out of work.
Monsignor Camus says thousands of men, women and children are starving.
To combat the misery of starvation, the Catholic Church in Santiago and other Chilean cities has st up communal kitchens, supplied and run by various charitable organisations and neighbours, to feed those who are unable to provide themselves or their families with food.
President Pinochet's Government opposed the establishment of the communal kitchens because, Monsignor Camus says, it presents "a bad image".
He said troops closed kitchens in parts of Santiago and in Valparaiso and Concepcion.
Cardinal Silva Henriquez complained to the President, but many communal kitchens are forced to operate secretly.
In Santiago alone, there are 67 church-run communal kitchens, feeding about 10,000 people a day, and 47 kitchens operated by other organisations.