Stories about Guatemala from January, 2009
Guatemala is a major destination for birdwatchers from around the world. The number of species of birds in the country's diverse habitats is more than 700. Many of these birdwatchers are writing about their experiences in blogs, while others are worried about the bird habitats due to environmental destruction.
Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [es] writes that more Guatemalans, especially the poor, have cell phones now because “the deregulation and privatization of the telecommunciations industry democratized telelphone services.”
Capturing images on film is one way to ensure that the collective memory does not forget about a country's history. When that country's history includes grusome events, those images can become powerful, yet uncomfortable reminders of the past. In Guatemala, a couple of photographers have become involved in documenting and representing images from the armed conflict that took place for 36 years.
Car thefts have increased in Guatemala and now stands at a rate of 35 per day. Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [es] snaps a photo and wonders whether it is the new strategy to prevent the crime.
Rudy Girón of Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo tests the free wi-fi now available in the main plaza of Antigua.
In the holiday spirit, Javier Hernandez of El Blog de Chapu [es] and his friends visited the garbage landfill in Guatemala City to hand out presents and supplies to the people who live in the area.