Energy Diary

Too hot to breathe

Oliver, Zaragoza, Spain • María del Rocío

Because of a respiratory condition, Maria needs a machine to help her breath at night and sometimes during the day, particularly when it gets very hot in summer.

© Edgar Melo-Gutiérrez

© Edgar Melo-Gutiérrez

Maria lives with her husband Luis (who also has medical problems) and their seven children. Together, they get social assistance of about €650/month. The need for medical equipment is a Catch-22; while necessary, it drives up their electricity bill. 

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