Welcome back to a (shortened) edition of CentAm Curator. After a few days off eating panes con chumpe with family, I’m back.
When we think about Central American news in 2018, we think of the people of Nicaragua who protested the violence perpetrated by the Ortega-Murillo government and died at its hands, the thousands of Central Americans who joined migrant caravans and the trial of Berta Cáceres in Honduras. Images of separated families at the US border and Guatemala’s volcano explosion also come to mind.
Corruption cases rocked Honduras, Panama and El Salvador, while Guatemala’s backtracked from its anti-corruption efforts by ending CICIG’s mandate. Major powers, such as China and Israel, grew their influence in the region. Indigenous peoples, Black Central Americans, LGBT+ and women keep fighting for their right to live.
This year, Óscar Romero officially became a Saint, Belize’s 200-mile coral reef left UNESCO’s endangered endangered sites list and Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
For CentAm Curator’s 2018, you seem to have enjoyed stories on Salvadoran presidential candidate Bukele, photos of El Salvador’s rivers and prisons, Nicaraguan student-led podcasts and Guatemalan indigenous peoples’ rights, according to this list compiling the most popular links
I wish you a festive año viejo party and good news in 2019.