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  Argentinian kids march 4,500kms for rights
Updated 09 November 2002, 14.19
Poverty is getting more common in Argentina
Over 300 weary schoolchildren have finished a 4,500 km (2,800 mile) march to protest about poverty in Argentina.

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The children are demanding basic rights, like a better education system, better health care, shelter, jobs for their mums and dads and food.

They say their government doesn't properly look after the 37 million people who are living in poverty in the country.

The 12-day trek - called March for Life - started in the countryside town of Port Iguazu and finally finished in the country's capital Buenos Aires.

Determined teens from all around the country took turns on foot, in buses and caravans.

Fact File
March for Life
Part of the National Movement of Children from the Villages
The movement's a network of 300 organisations
The March has support from UNICEF
Also backed by UN International Children's Emergency Fund

And along the difficult way, they had to put up with pouring rain and sore feet!

Argentina's officials say they are trying to help those living in poverty by providing places where communities can get free food.

But the children say not enough is being done.

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