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Melissa Vida

I am a freelance journalist based in Mexico City and cover Central America for Global Voices.

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Latest posts by Melissa Vida

5 June 2020

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."

31 May 2020

#SiAceptoCR: LGBTQ+ couples celebrate online as Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage

Costa Rica became a beacon of hope for LGBT advocates throughout Central America.

28 April 2020

A selection of Latin American and Caribbean ‘coronavirus songs’

COVID-19

The songs' mood range from solemn to humorous.

27 March 2020

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online

COVID-19

The archbishop was shot by a death squad at the start of El Salvador's civil war, becoming an iconic figure in the struggle against human rights violations in Latin America.

19 March 2020

‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say

COVID-19

"If the forests are cut down, where are we going to get medicine?"

14 March 2020

With no officially confirmed cases, El Salvador locks itself down to prevent COVID-19

COVID-19

"What would Italy give to be in our position?"

9 March 2020

In photos: #8M throughout Latin America

Around Latin America, more than a million women marched against gender violence.

26 February 2020

Despite exile, Evo Morales’ influence in Bolivian politics endures

Morales was allegedly the kingmaker behind the candidacy of Luis Arce, the former Minister of Economy who will represent MAS in the upcoming presidential elections.

25 February 2020

Journalists seek justice as attacks continue in Colombia

"...when journalists are silenced, the whole of society is attacked.”

6 February 2020

Bengali, Pakistani, and Amazon indigenous women perform ‘The rapist is you’ song

The flashmob by Chilean collective Las Tesis is still making waves around the world.

5 February 2020

A novel about a Mexican family who migrates to the US comes under fire

"That Lydia is so shocked by her own country’s day-to-day realities gives the impression that Lydia might not be… a credible Mexican. In fact, she perceives her own country through...

24 January 2020

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

The Bridge

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

21 January 2020

Can El Salvador's hosting of a surfing Olympic qualifier alter the country's violent image?

While some Salvadorans are celebrating the opportunity to host a major championship, others claim that there are bigger priorities than the country's image abroad.

13 January 2020

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

10 January 2020

Guatemalan indigenous journalist charged with terrorism released from prison

In Guatemala, an indigenous journalist was arrested under legally dubious circumstances.

1 October 2019

While El Salvador's security improves, the country loses ground in press freedom

Advox

While there are fewer murders in El Salvador, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

17 September 2018

‘Crimes of solidarity’ in Europe multiply as 11 stand trial in Belgium for helping migrants

Activists in Belgium claim the trial is aimed at dissuading people from helping migrants by establishing an intimidating judicial precedent.

14 June 2018

Nicaraguan protesters and journalists face violent attacks on the streets and online

Advox

Journalists are being assaulted and have their equipment stolen, Nicaraguans’ Wi-Fi identifiers have been hacked.

23 April 2018

#SOSNicaragua: At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests, including one journalist, say human rights groups

Advox

Nicaraguans are live broadcasting, tweeting and video blogging about the crisis on the ground.

3 March 2018

10,000 Belgians March for Migrants’ Rights in Brussels

Demonstrators are protesting a proposed law that grants police the right to raid homes in their search for undocumented people, something they fear is becoming all too common.

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