I recently went to a parents’ meeting at my children’s elementary school in the rural town of Aguacatan, Guatemala, a few hours from the Mexico border. As usual, I was one of the only men there. This disparity has nothing to do with machismo or Latin gender roles; it’s that there just aren’t many men in Aguacatan.
Four years ago, Guatemalans went to the polls with jubilation. Widespread street protests had just forced the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, who had been accused of graft by a pioneering anti-corruption body.
The Guatemalan government said the road in the eastern part of the country reopened to traffic after troops with batons and plastic shields closed in on the migrants just beyond the village of Vado Hondo, about 35 miles (56 km) from border crossings into Honduras and El Salvador.
President Alejandro Giammattei said on Friday that, about 150 people have died or remain unaccounted for in Guatemala due to mudslides caused by powerful storm Eta, which devastated an indigenous village in the country’s north.
Fabio Rodolfo Vásquez and María Moreno entered an online dance contest during the coronavirus pandemic to help them cope with the recent death of their daughter - and won it.
The landslide destroyed eight homes in the municipality of San Marcos La Laguna in the country's Solola region, national disaster agency CONRED said in a statement.
President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine centers in Guatemala and heaped pressure on the Central American country's weak health system.
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele declared a 15-day state of emergency to cope with the effects of the storm, which he estimated to have caused $200 million in damage, but which weakened later in the day as it moved into Guatemala.
The gritty industrial city neighboring El Paso, Texas, has received thousands of migrants under a Trump administration policy that sends US asylum seekers to Mexico to await the outcomes of their cases.