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Latin Americans Beg And Borrow To Pay COVID-19 Debts

Latin Americans Beg And Borrow To Pay COVID-19 Debts

 Sandra Contreras, camped outside Lima’s Villa el Salvador hospital, is running out of funds to pay for her mother’s COVID-19 treatment, a sign of thin welfare systems around Latin America that are dragging many into debt and poverty. “I have pawned all my things,” Contreras, 34, told Reuters between tears outside the hospital, where she […]

Pandemic Brings Growing Risk Of Pregnancy, Abuse To Latin American Girls

Pandemic Brings Growing Risk Of Pregnancy, Abuse To Latin American Girls

When her 11-year-old daughter’s belly began to grow in May, Paloma discovered the unimaginable – the girl had been raped by her stepfather. Paloma, whose name has been changed, took her daughter to a public hospital in Mexico’s western Michoacan state, but the child was denied an abortion. By law, Mexico’s public hospitals must provide […]

Women, Migrants, Minorities To Suffer Most In Latin America As Coronavirus Rages -UN agency

Women, Migrants, Minorities To Suffer Most In Latin America As Coronavirus Rages -UN agency

The coronavirus pandemic will make a bad economic situation worse for women, indigenous people, migrants and people of African descent in Latin America, a region already plagued by deep-rooted inequality, a United Nations agency said in a report issued on Tuesday.   Unequal access to potable water, sanitation, healthcare and housing could also mean higher […]

Sex-Based Virus Lockdowns Expose Gender Divide In Latin America

Sex-Based Virus Lockdowns Expose Gender Divide In Latin America

A coronavirus lockdown policy that lets men and women leave the house on alternate days has exposed a gender divide in Bogota within days of being introduced, while Peru has dropped a similar scheme after finding it made women’s days busier. The Colombian capital this week joined two countries in Latin America – Peru and […]