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Category: Guatemala In The News

Fuego Volcano Eruption Update

With the volcano eruptions yesterday we have received some concerned inquiries about Guatemala, the safety of the staff there, and future trips. First and foremost, everyone on staff is safe. Thankfully, there is no team in Guatemala this week. The “Fuego” volcano that erupted yesterday is about 20 miles from Guatemala City.  Sadly at least 25 […]

Guatemalan Presidential Elections This Sunday

This Sunday, September 6, Guatemalans will head to the polls to vote for the next president, vice president, 158 congressional deputies, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament, and other local positions. Recent events in Guatemala surrounding a corruption scandal involving the president, vice president, and other high level government officials could affect these elections. […]

Great News – Finalist For Grant In Guatemala

As a result of some of the new relationships that have been established (as we shared with you in this post), Tita was made aware of a grant from Fundación Juan Bautista Gutiérrez that is awarded to NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) in Guatemala each year to feed and educate children living in poverty. The team in Guatemala followed […]

Article in Guatemala City Newspaper: “The Future Of La Limonada”

The following appeared in the January 29th Sunday edition of Nuestro Diario – Guatemala’s number one newspaper (pictured above). Just two pages before this article, there was a write-up about Diego Chic’s death and major violence in La Limonada. This article follows by bringing hope to the community as a whole. Featuring Priscila Yool – […]

New York Times: A Testament From Guatemala’s War Years

The following is reposted from The New York Times Blog, “Lens”: Efraín Ríos Montt, a former Guatemalan general who is now bespectacled and gray-haired, now insists – through his lawyers – that he never issued orders that left thousands of his countrymen dead or disappeared in the 1980s. But Jean-Marie Simon remembers how on March […]

Bolsa Solidaria: The Bag of Solidarity for Guatemala’s Poor and The Injustice of Food Distribution

Jesus’ life and teaching stressed the importance of feeding the hungry. He went so far as to include feeding the hungry as one of the criteria for the separation of sheep and goats in the well known parable. In the story Jesus addressed six physical needs that are met by those considered to be sheep, […]

UN Ban Ki-moon remarks at International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, spoke to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) last week. Here are his remarks as posted in The Guatemala Times: Guatemala City, 17 March 2011. Commissioner Dall’Anese, Ambassador Rosenthal, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to visit these headquarters. Thank you all for your hard work […]

For many children in Guatemala, lessons have to be learned on the street

Jessica Shepherd The Guardian, Tuesday March 8, 2011 Bearing more than a kilo of mangos, oranges and apples on his shoulders, 13-year-old José slips through the queue and jumps on the bus. Here, he walks along the aisle offering his goods for sale. But in an instant, he’s back down on the road and on […]

Guatemalan First Lady To Try Presidential Bid

The Associated Press Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 2:51 PM GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s first lady says she will enter the race to succeed her husband, President Alvaro Colom. Sandra Torres de Colom confirms that she will be the candidate for the ruling National Unity for Hope party in elections this September. Tuesday’s announcement was widely […]

Guatemala In The News: Embezzlement Trial Of Former President Of Guatemala

Alfonso Portillo served as President of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004. In January of 2010 he was captured and arrested on charges of embezzlement. He is also wanted in the US for allegedly embezzling foreign donations for education projects. But under Guatemalan law, he must be tried in his own country before he can be […]

U.N.-backed investigators shake up Guatemala

By FRANK BAJAK and JUAN CARLOS LLORCA The Associated Press Sunday, November 14, 2010 GUATEMALA CITY — In this nation whose murder rate more than triples that of Mexico, judges and prosecutors are underpaid, underprotected and under attack by organized crime. Guatemala teeters on the edge of failed-state status. Yet a U.N.-backed investigative team that […]

Guatemala and the Face of the New Sustainable Narco-State

The following article from the November 1, 2010 online edition of The Guatemala Times helps to paint a picture of the political instability and corruption in the country. The issues described in this article, by Edward F. Fischer of the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, affect all Guatemalans and the people of La Limonada […]

Women change political landscape in Latin America

Central American women in politics are featured in this August 28 article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Tim Johnson: GUATEMALA CITY — In a country where machismo is still the rule, Sandra Torres doesn’t cut the demure figure of past first ladies. She doesn’t host social events or boost charities. What she does do is […]

31-Year-Old Guatemalan Immigrant Dies In NYC While People Pass By

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The homeless man lay face down, unmoving, on the sidewalk outside an apartment building, blood from knife wounds pooling underneath his body. One person passed by in the early morning. Then another, and another. Video footage from a surveillance camera shows at least seven people going by, some turning their heads […]

Evidence Of Guatemala Genocide Turned Over To Authorities

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s government handed over a military document on Thursday containing evidence soldiers massacred villagers during the country’s civil war which could help prosecute top officials for genocide. A copy of a military file dating from the 1980s, complete with maps, telegrams and hand-written patrol reports about an operation known as “Plan […]

13-Year-Old Guatemalan Admits Killing Woman For $13

GUATEMALA CITY — Police in Guatemala say a 13-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a woman to death for a payment of about $12.50. The National Police say the suspect was carrying the fatal gun when arrested. Spokesman Donald Gonzalez says the boy told police he was paid to shoot the woman as she took […]

Ex-Guatemala President to Be Tried in U.S.

We desire to help Lemonade International partners here in the US stay in touch with Guatemalan culture and newsworthy events in the country. Here is some recent news that effects both Guatemala and the US. From Time Magazine’s website: When he was President of Guatemala, from 2000 to 2004, Alfonso Portillo promised a crusade against […]

Guatemala Adoptions To Resume in June

After almost three years of closed doors and stalled adoptions that have left families all over the world waiting for their children to come home, it looks like adoptions from Guatemala will resume on a limited basis beginning in June. As stated by journalist, Juan Carlos Llorca, in an AP article last week, “Authorities suspended […]

Guatemala Declares Calamity As Food Crisis Grows

Last week, an article was posted on CNN.com that reported on a declaration of a state of national calamity in Guatemala regarding a lack of food and nutrition among its citizens. Here is an exerpt from the article: “According to the World Bank, about 75 percent of Guatemalans live below the poverty level, which is […]

Political Destabilization in Guatemala

This past week international attention was directed toward Guatemala as the murder of a prominent lawyer in Guatemala City shed light on presumed corruption in the Guatemalan government. On Sunday, May 10 Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano was shot to death as he was riding his bicycle on a busy avenue in the city. Murders of lawyers […]

Guatemalan Inmates Kill Teacher

An article appeared on the website of the News & Observer newspaper here in Raleigh today describing the violent killing of a teacher at a Guatemalan juvenile prison. On Tuesday a riot broke out among the inmates as they protested the transfer of fellow inmates to another facility. Prior to the police gaining control of […]

Nearly Half of Guatemala’s Children Suffer from Malnutrition

An article in today’s edition of the Latin American Herald Tribune (Caracas, Venezuela) reports that “45.6 percent of Guatemalan children suffer from chronic malnutrition and that their physical growth falls below the average established by the World Health Organization”. This study was conducted among 459,808 children in 15, 076 public schools throughout the country. It […]

Thousands Stand Against Violence in Guatremala City

According to Spero News, over 10,000 people participated in a Peace Walk in Central Guatemala city on January 10 to stand against the the increase of murder, rape, abductions, drug addiction and drug-related violence. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The year 2008 ended with a regrettable memory for our country of a tragic […]

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