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Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

The sun has barely risen and already hundreds of migrants are gathered outside the vast white and green immigration detention centre, hoping to get through its gates. Most have travelled thousands of miles on foot, by boat and bus from South America, but few here speak Spanish. In front of the locked gates near Mexico’s […]

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Oscar was 16 when his cousin “sold” him to the owner of an illegal gold mine deep in Peru’s Amazonian jungle. Life in Madre de Dios – a huge encampment scarred by deforestation and mercury-filled pools – was dirty, desperate and dangerous: food and water were scarce; malaria and yellow fever were rampant; and trafficked […]

Women In Peru Protest Against Rising Tide Of Murder And Sexual Crime

Women In Peru Protest Against Rising Tide Of Murder And Sexual Crime

Women’s rights campaigners will take to the streets of Peru on Saturday to protest against sexual violence, in a move described by the country’s women’s minister as “a cry against impunity”. Organisers estimate that more than 50,000 people could take part in the march in the capital, Lima. Thousands more are expected to participate in […]

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Mariano Castro strikes up a chant on the steps of Asunción’s courthouse: “Dictatorship, never again!” It’s 11 July and a controversial trial in the Paraguayan capital has just come to an end. The court ruled that three of his sons participated in a deadly ambush that killed six police officers. Two received lengthy jail terms. […]

Venezuela Crisis: Sterilizations Soar As Couples Count The Cost Of children

Venezuela Crisis: Sterilizations Soar As Couples Count The Cost Of children

Rawlins/Reuters Reuters in Caracas Wednesday 3 August 2016 17.33 BST Last modified on Wednesday 3 August 2016 18.24 BST Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 179 Comments 32 Save for later Venezuela’s food shortages, inflation and crumbling medical sector have become such a source of anguish that a growing number of young women are reluctantly opting […]

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

In August, Rio de Janeiro hosts the first Olympic Games on South American soil. But human rights campaigners have been concerned about the impact of the Games on the Brazilian city’s most vulnerable communities. Residents of Rio’s favelas have spoken of battles against forced evictions, police violence and wasted spending. We asked students to tell […]

Colombia Declares End To Zika Epidemic As Spread Of Virus Levels Off

Colombia Declares End To Zika Epidemic As Spread Of Virus Levels Off

Colombia has declared an end to its Zika epidemic with the spread of the virus levelling off in the country after infecting nearly 100,000 people – even as it continues to sweep through other areas of Latin America, and is keeping some athletes away from the Olympic Games in Brazil. “Colombia is the first country […]

Zoe Saldana Producing Film On Canada’s Missing Indigenous Women

Zoe Saldana Producing Film On Canada’s Missing Indigenous Women

A new documentary by a team of Los Angeles-based filmmakers – including Avatar star Zoe Saldana – is hoping to shed light on the disappearance and murders of as many as 4,000 indigenous women across Canada. “If this exact same story were being told in a country in Africa, I think we would be paying […]

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Women’s groups in Brazil are set to challenge the abortion laws this summer in the hope of making a safe and legal termination possible for women at risk of delivering a baby born with defects after exposure to the Zika virus. “Women should be able to decide and have the means to terminate pregnancies because […]

Women Are On The Frontline Of Making Peace In Colombia Last

Women Are On The Frontline Of Making Peace In Colombia Last

Church bells rang out, echoing across Colombia. People held signs in the streets and posted exuberant messages online: the last day of the war. That day last month, when the ceasefire was signed, could have been the last day of the war, but a piece of paper is no guarantee. Realising the ceasefire’s promise – […]

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