Stories about Guatemala from April, 2006
Noting that five Mayan languages are at risk of extinction, Chapinadas tells the story of the first graduating class of Mayan translators from the Academy of Mayan Languages.
“Heather Parr was in Guatemala as Hurricane Stan struck in October 2005. Here she shares her account of how the local community she has got to know in Sololá has undertaken the task of rebuilding their lives and their future.” Check out parts I, II, and III.
Francofonía en Guatemala (ES, FR) is the first Guatemalan blog dedicated to the promotion of French culture and language.
Chapinadas describes Semana Santa, or Holy Week in Guatemala. Guate360 has a similar post (ES), but in Spanish.
The Guatemala Solidarity Network is distributing a declaration, which demands that the Marlin Mine of San Marcos be closed.
Blog de Esquipulas has an intriguing review (ES) of the movie Fronteras Sangrientas, which was filmed in rural Guatemala.
Patrick writes in Spanish and English that videos about Guatemala are starting to appear on the Internet, including one about responsible tourism.
Rob Mercatante comments on a recent report Amnesty International, which says that forced, violent evictions are on the rise in rural Guatemala.
Oscar Mota notes that April first (ES) is April Fool's Day in much of the world, unlike Latin America where “Día de los Inocentes” falls on December 28th. Several fictitious stories were mistakenly submitted to the Digg-like Spanish aggregator, Menéame.