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Life in a Truck - 19 Nov 2014
Ever since former newspaper journalist Modesto Sotero suffered a stroke nearly a decade ago, he and his wife Maria Josefina Perez have turned a truck into their home in order to make ends meet.

The couple, both in their early 80s, have no children or family members and everything they own — just a few personal items —is packed in their truck under a busy bridge.
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October 02, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, combs her hair while sitting in the front of the truck she shares with her...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez combs her hair while sitting in the front of the truck she shares with her husband...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, combs her hair while sitting in the front of the truck she shares with her husband in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1EB5D0S6H01
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October 03, 2014
Modesto Sotero, 82, (silhouetted in the front) sits in a wheelchair as he and his wife Maria Josefina...
Monterrey, Mexico
Modesto Sotero its in a wheelchair as he and his wife Maria Josefina Perez beg from passing drivers in...
Modesto Sotero, 82, (silhouetted in the front) sits in a wheelchair as he and his wife Maria Josefina Perez (rear), 81, beg from passing drivers in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Sotero and Perez have been living in a truck under a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Assorted stuffed toys and other knick-knacks are seen on the dashboard and the front portion of the truck...
Monterrey, Mexico
Assorted stuffed toys and other knick-knacks are seen on the dashboard and the front portion of the truck...
Assorted stuffed toys and other knick-knacks are seen on the dashboard and the front portion of the truck where Josefina Perez, 81, and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living for the past nine years, in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and Sotero have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, uses a wheelchair as a walker as she begs from passing drivers in Monterrey...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez uses a wheelchair as a walker as she begs from passing drivers in Monterrey
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, uses a wheelchair as a walker as she begs from passing drivers in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in a truck under a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, stands at the entrance of the truck where she and her husband have been living...
Monterrey, Mexico
Perez stands at the entrance of the truck where she and her husband have been living for the past nine...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, stands at the entrance of the truck where she and her husband have been living for the past nine years, in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck under a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, smiles as she poses for a photo wearing an umbrella hat outside the truck where...
Monterrey, Mexico
Perez smiles as she poses for a photo wearing an umbrella hat outside the truck where she and her husband...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, smiles as she poses for a photo wearing an umbrella hat outside the truck where she and her husband have been living for the past nine years, in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in a truck under a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, hangs up a shirt to dry on a clothesline put up between a shack that functions...
Monterrey, Mexico
Perez hangs up a shirt to dry on a clothesline put up between a shack that functions as her kitchen and...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, hangs up a shirt to dry on a clothesline put up between a shack that functions as her kitchen and bathroom, and a truck where she and her husband live, in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck under a busy bridge in the middle of a parking space for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have breakfast outside the truck where...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero have breakfast outside the truck where they have...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have breakfast outside the truck where they have been living for the past nine years underneath a bridge in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and Sotero have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge and in the middle of a parking space for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, combs her hair while sitting in the front of a truck where she lives with her...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, combs her hair while sitting in the front of a truck where she lives with her...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, combs her hair while sitting in the front of a truck where she lives with her husband in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years underneath a busy bridge after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez (L), 81, helps her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, during his bath in a shack they use...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez helps her husband Modesto Sotero during his bath in a shack they use as a kitchen...
Maria Josefina Perez (L), 81, helps her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, during his bath in a shack they use as a kitchen and bathroom in Monterrey August 20, 2014. Sotero and Perez have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge in the middle of a parking space for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 20. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Modesto Sotero (L), 82, and his wife Maria Josefina Perez, 81, prepare for dinner outside the truck where...
Monterrey, Mexico
Modesto Sotero and his wife Maria Josefina Perez prepare for dinner outside the truck where they have...
Modesto Sotero (L), 82, and his wife Maria Josefina Perez, 81, prepare for dinner outside the truck where they have been living for the last nine years under a bridge in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Sotero and Perez have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 03, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, puts on shoes while standing in the sleeping area inside a truck she shares...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez puts on shoes while standing in the sleeping area inside a truck she shares with...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, puts on shoes while standing in the sleeping area inside a truck she shares with her husband in Monterrey August 15, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge in the middle of a parking space for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 15. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez (L), 81, covers her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, with a blanket as they get ready...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez covers her husband Modesto Sotero with a blanket as they get ready to go to sleep...
Maria Josefina Perez (L), 81, covers her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, with a blanket as they get ready to go to sleep outside the truck where they have been living for the last nine years under a bridge in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Sotero and Perez have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, prepares dinner for her husband inside the little shack she and her husband...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez prepares dinner for her husband inside the little shack she and her husband built...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, prepares dinner for her husband inside the little shack she and her husband built next to the truck where they are living, in Monterrey August 20, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 20. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, adjusts the volume on a television set while standing inside the truck she...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, adjusts the volume on a television set while standing inside the truck she...
Maria Josefina Perez, 81, adjusts the volume on a television set while standing inside the truck she shares with her husband in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years underneath a busy bridge after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Sotero receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
A car drives past where Maria Josefina Perez, 81, and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living...
Monterrey, Mexico
Car drives past where Maria Josefina Perez and her husband Modesto Sotero have been living in a truck...
A car drives past where Maria Josefina Perez, 81, and her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, have been living in a truck (white, on R) and a little shack for the past nine years, in Monterrey August 20, 2014. Perez and Sotero have been living in the truck underneath a busy bridge after Modesto after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
Maria Josefina Perez (R), 81, talks to her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, outside a shack and the truck...
Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Josefina Perez talks to her husband Modesto Sotero outside a shack and the truck they have been...
Maria Josefina Perez (R), 81, talks to her husband Modesto Sotero, 82, outside a shack and the truck they have been living in for the last nine years, underneath a busy bridge in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Perez and her husband started to reside in the truck after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Sotero receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY)
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October 02, 2014
People walk past Modesto Sotero (2nd R), 82, and his wife Maria Josefina Perez (R), 81, sitting together...
Monterrey, Mexico
People walk past Modesto Sotero and his wife Maria Josefina Perez outside the truck they have been living...
People walk past Modesto Sotero (2nd R), 82, and his wife Maria Josefina Perez (R), 81, sitting together outside the truck they have been living in for the last nine years underneath a bridge in Monterrey August 14, 2014. Sotero and Perez have been living in a truck underneath a busy bridge for the last nine years after Sotero had a stroke and underwent surgery, and they ran out of funds. They live on a small pension Modesto receives from his former job as a newspaper journalist, and by begging from passing drivers. They have no children or other family members, and they own no property beside the truck and a few personal items, but they both say that they are happy living the way they do. Picture taken August 14. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 27, 2014
Members of the Civil Protection stand on the platform of a truck with a king size bed, refitted with...
Monterrey, Mexico
Members of the Civil Protection stand on the platform of a truck with a king size bed, refitted with...
Members of the Civil Protection stand on the platform of a truck with a king size bed, refitted with a metal frame and a plastic tarp, holding the body of the late Manuel Uribe outside the crematorium of a local funeral parlour in Monterrey May 26, 2014. Uribe, 48, died on Monday at a local hospital where he was admitted a few days ago due health complications and cardiac arrhythmia, local media reported. "Meme", as friends and family called him, was once considered the world's fattest man, winning the Guinness World Record weighing 560 kilos. In the last years, he had slimmed down to 394 kilos but still had to live bedridden, according to local media. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY OBITUARY)
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