Guatemalan families mourn death of children as hunger spreads

Government data show acute malnutrition among the under-fives rose by 80% in Guatemala in 2020 compared to 2019.

Sofía Menchú writes in Reuters website about a particular tragedy which is a recurring scandal in Guatemala – a country with very high inequality where the Government, and elites, are willing to let the children of the poor die from hunger and malnutrition.

Two-year-old Yesmin Anayeli Perez died this week of illnesses linked to malnutrition, the third small child to die from similar causes in an impoverished mountain village in eastern Guatemala within weeks, residents and health officials said.

Residents of the indigenous Mayan village, La Palmilla, and other parts of a region known as the Dry Corridor sunk deeper into poverty last year when economic damage wrought by droughts and two devastating hurricanes was compounded by the coronavirus lockdown.

The situation in La Palmilla is a stark example of the depth of the crisis in Central America, where governments are hoping for a rapid restoration of U.S. aid under incoming president Joe Biden to stem a new migration wave.

You can read the full article, here, including moving photographs from Josue Decavele.

Categories: Corruption, Environment, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Migration, Natural Disaster, Poverty, Violence

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