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“BBoy for Life” documentary shows a different side to Guatemala´s ghettos

“BBoy for Life” documentary shows a different side to Guatemala´s ghettos

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista Guatemala City´s ghettos are renowned for their gangs, drugs and violence, but when US-born director Coury Deeb stayed in one, he saw a different side to life in the slums – one of people trying to escape their surroundings, through dance. “We met with some B-Boys and learned that though they

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Guatemala launches “Yo soy Atitlán” to save one of the world’s most iconic lakes

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista With the objective of saving one of Central America´s most popular tourist attractions, Yo soy Atitlán was launched in Guatemala last week, hoping to reverse the effects of contamination on what is described by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Over the past few years, Lake

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Guatemala builds country´s first self-sufficient house

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista “I was searching on the internet for alternative houses – aside from block, cement and metal,” says Amilcar Cachoy. “I´ve always wanted an ecological house like this […] but I didn´t have the opportunity because the materials and resources were out of my reach. Sometimes things seem impossible but I think

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One community of Mayan women’s journey from indigenous weavings to exporting vegetables to Walmart

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista Indigenous women in Guatemala occupy the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder. A lack of education combined with a traditionally machismo culture means that many Mayan women are often illiterate, unaware of their rights and unable to break the cycle of poverty in which they exist. In the indigenous municipality of

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Intrn’l Video: Controversial Maya deity creates a modern-day cult following in Guatemala

LatinaLista — The overlap of Christianity and Satanism is prevalent in Central and South America. It’s not unusual for people to honor their own saints who are a deliberate mix of evil and good. One such figure found in Guatemala is known as Maximón. Maximón is an interesting character, a Maya deity who personifies good

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Intrn’l Video: Cleaning up Guatemala’s water supplies — one hike at a time

LatinaLista — For portions of the United States, there is now a greater appreciation for clean, drinkable water. From Virginia to California, the value of water has taken on more importance with ever more sources under threat. For the vast majority of Americans, this is a new phenomenon but not in countries like Guatemala. Ninety

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