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Dear readers, Welcome back to another week of Central American news. A somber story was produced by t
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Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #23 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
A somber story was produced by the Wall Street Journal this week and sums up what I read every week on local Central American media: murdered girls and women.
Latin America is killing its women - and Central American countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua) top the list, along with Caribbean nations.
Toxic masculinity, torn families, inter-generational trauma and violence, and impunity, all have a role to play in gender violence.
Some cases do give hope of change. Imelda Cortez, a rape survivor who was accused of trying to murder her child when she gave birth in a latrine, was acquitted by Salvadoran courts. The ruling may set a precedent in the courts and may help change how women’s lives and rights are perceived.
Thank you for reading the newsletter.
Salú,
Melissa

Headlines
Migration/Central America
El Salvador
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Honduras
  • More reports of Hondurans who fled political violence and fear for lives if sent home // At least six UNAH university students claim asylum in Costa Rica for persecution against students
  • Judge allows the property of Honduran President’s brother to be insured in order to “preserve their availability” while he is on trial in the US
  • Lawyers of mining company DESA deliver open letter to international NGOs about Berta’s trial
Belize
Panama
Costa Rica
Good reads
  • Maya Averbuch analyzes how US money has, or has not, helped Central America. With a focus on Honduras, for Foreign Policy.
  • Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby linking the death of Jakelin Caal Maquín and the decades-long US responsibility in helping displace Maya populations, on The Nation.
  • Iván Velásquez gave an interview to El País (in Spanish) where he says that he had underestimated the corruption in Guatemala.
  • Christie Murray and Nelson Renteria report for Reuters on the backlash that El Salvador’s Attorney General receives for his anti-corruption work.
  • For those interested in Salvadoran politics, here’s an interesting analysis by Héctor Silva Ávalos on the “Bukele phenomenon,” on Revista Factum (in Spanish).
Quote
“Because like I say, poverty doesn’t exist for me. As long as you can earn your rice and beans, you can be happy. But then the injustice, the danger, people want to kill you — that’s bad luck.” - Eric, a Honduran asylum seeker, told John Washington for the Intercept.
Videos and photos
  • Video produced by Daniel Alvarenga for AJ+ on El Mozote
  • Marvin Recinos, AFP, shared his photos of when Imelda Cortez was acquitted by Salvadoran courts on Facebook
  • A selection of photos and perspectives of photojournalists at the US-Mexico border, on the New York Times
Photo of the Week
©Sofía Verzbolovskis from the series La Tacita de Oro. She is a NYC-based Panamanian photographer. Please click on the photo to read on why she decided to photograph the city of Colón.
©Sofía Verzbolovskis from the series La Tacita de Oro. She is a NYC-based Panamanian photographer. Please click on the photo to read on why she decided to photograph the city of Colón.
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