South America

COVID-19: Bodies lie on the streets of Guayaquil

April 4, 2020
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COVID-19 is impacting nations around the globe. Governments’ policies to prevent the spread of the virus are challenged while the number of deaths and contagions increases every day at a fast pace. In Latin America, Ecuador has become the epicenter of COVID-19, and the country is suffering a devastating reality; families are unable to bury their relatives, and even worse, some have to remain with the corpses for more than 48 hours due to the collapse of the public services.

Social protection as a maternal health equalizer

December 19, 2019
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As the world becomes more unequal, with wealth and income inequality on the rise globally and within and between countries, the idea of human rights for all has begun to broaden. Discourse on human rights has expanded to include the right to health, education, security and dignity. Underscored by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the rethinking of human rights is based on the concept of equality. In Latin America, where many of the SDGs have been achieved, inequality is a persistent barrier for many people to fully achieve their human rights.

Latin Americans living in the Shadow of Volcanoes

November 26, 2018
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In June of this year, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego erupted with catastrophic consequences. Over two months after the eruption, the death toll from the volcano was 165, and 260 people were still missing as villages were flooded with ash and lava. In total, more than 1.7 million people were affected by the deadly eruption (World Vision, 2018). In 1985, Colombia’s Nevado del Ruíz volcano in the Andes mountains erupted resulting in one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in modern history.

How Latin America is handling the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

March 7, 2018
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As Venezuela faces an economic crisis that has left the nation’s citizens in abhorrent conditions, without access to necessities such as food and medicine, Venezuelans are fleeing to neighboring countries that are already dealing with an unprecedented influx of middle eastern refugees, as well as internal conflicts between gangs, guerilla groups, and corruption scandals. Neighboring countries, though sympathetic to Venezuela’s worsening condition, are struggling to accept Venezuelan migrants.

The Intertwining History of Asia and Latin America

April 27, 2016
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A couple weeks ago I talked about the new trade and foreign direct investment deals occurring between Latin American countries and China. This subject dates back to the 2000s with the boom of China’s economy, but history between the two countries dates back to the colonial period when goods from both regions were highly prized and exploited.

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