Where Will Everyone Go?

Even as hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans fled north toward the United States in recent years, in Jorge’s region — a state called Alta Verapaz, where precipitous mountains covered in coffee plantations and dense, dry forest give way to broader gentle valleys — the residents have largely stayed. Now, though, under a relentless confluence of drought, flood, bankruptcy and starvation, they, too, have begun to leave. Almost everyone here experiences some degree of uncertainty about where their next meal will come from. Half the children are chronically hungry, and many are short for their age, with weak bones and bloated bellies. Their families are all facing the same excruciating decision that confronted Jorge… More here.

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2 thoughts on “Where Will Everyone Go?

  1. I have a friend who lives in Guatemala by choice, and the trouble there is unbelievable. I haven’t talked to him in a couple years, but his family thinks he’s crazy for wanting to live there. Death is always at the door, and the corruption is of the charts. I guess it is beautiful, and he has a wife and son there.

    I have other friends who adopted a child from there who is now (or was) in college near you.

    It’s amazing that in this day and age where we think we’re so advanced such trouble can still exist where people are so uncivilized towards each other. Makes me wonder where we truly are as a species.

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