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Stories about Guatemala

‘A Fearless Song': Guatemalan women protest violence against women through music

"We sing without fear, we ask for justice; we shout for every disappeared woman"

For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

"It's a racist, predatory and murderous system that they have been selling all over the planet as the best place on earth to live."

In a blow against impunity, Guatemala's top court rules in favor of the return of UN anti-corruption commissioner

"The eyes of the world should be put on Guatemala as the country goes through a key moment of their history"

After Years of Cultural Appropriation, Mayan Weavers Want Legal Protection for Their Heritage

“...our work is not being valued [...] Rather, there has been an appropriation and a commodification of the culture and the designs.”

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

Guatemala’s Battle Against Corruption Reaches a Critical Tipping Point

On a rocky road toward more transparency, Guatemalans are back on the streets to protest corruption and demanding their president to step down... again.

Trans Women Fleeing Central America Find Hope and Hardship Further North

"I was attacked in Mexico City and that’s why I decided to keep moving. I feel more welcome in Tijuana. Staying busy helps me forget about things."

A Global Call for Justice Unites Artists in Guatemala

It's been two months since 41 girls burned to death in a fire at a state-run home for children. But Guatemalan authorities have been slow to act.

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

Guatemala Mourns Dozens of Girls at a Children’s Shelter Left to Die in a Fire

“The girls rebelled and set fire to their mattresses so they would be allowed out of their rooms.” But they weren't.

Another Young Environmentalist Is Murdered in Guatemala

Jeremy Barrios' killing puts another name in the list of human environmentalists to be silenced in the region and raises concern about the State's incapability to protect its own citizens.

The ‘Migration Project’ Helps Guatemalan Families Find Missing Loved Ones

In Zacualpa, some residents take out a loan and head north in search of a better life. But they don't all make it and some go missing.

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

Jimmy Morales, the New Face of Guatemala’s Military Old Guard

Guatemala's newly elected president, despite campaigning as the antithesis of a career politician, is backed by the same forces responsible for some of the worst crimes in the country's history.

From Coyotes to Vultures: What Happens When Migrants Borrow

When migrants decide to go to the US for a better future, they often rely on lenders to afford the trip, but often they became unwilling partners with the coyotes.

A Landslide in Guatemala Killed More Than 200 People This Month. Here’s How You Can Help the Victims.

The Guatemalan Red Cross has put in place various measures to help the victims of a landslide in the town of El Cambray Dos that killed more than 200 people.

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's president no longer. After months of marching to demand justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former leader

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

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