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Lessons from the Catastrophe of Covid

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Covid-19 has caused untold damage in Latin America. The region accounts for almost a third of Covid-19 deaths despite making up less than 10...

The homeless street – São Paulo during Covid-19

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Homelessness has increased dramatically during the Covid pandemic in São Paulo. A film and exhibition explore the way homeless people convert the street into a place of semi-permanent dwelling.

Brazil: I skip meals to feed my children

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Single mothers who raise their families alone were hit face on by the loss of jobs and income; women are always the last to eat.

La Población: an album for a shanty town

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Victor Jara's 1982 album told the story of the población Herminda de la Victoria. It will be celebrated at this year's El Sueño Existe festival (on Zoom from Machynlleth, Wales). Malcolm Boorer tells the story behind the album.

The shocking impact of abortion prosecutions in Ecuador

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Human Rights Watch has found that Ecuador’s criminalisation of abortion violates human rights and discriminates against Black and Indigenous people.

Colombia’s protestors find international support

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In international solidarity with Colombians, events have been held in Sydney, Toronto, Washington, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels, London and Bristol. The world, it seems, is watching.

Dominican Republic: a wall of division

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The Dominican president has announced plans to build a new, Trump-style wall, to exclude Haitian migrants. This responds to and will further fuel his country's sad record of discrimination against Haitians and will penalise poor border areas which rely on trade and exchange.

Mexico: informal workers and the pandemic

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Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.

The fight for land rights in Brazil’s northeast

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Itamar Vieira Júnior's multi award-winning novel gives a voice to silenced Black, Indigenous and Quilombola communities who have fought for their land rights for hundreds of years.

Lupita: justice for Acteal

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Scarred by a brutal massacre which took place in December of 1997 and left 45 dead, the residents of Acteal, in the highlands of Chiapas, continue to remind the world never to forget. One woman is at the forefront.

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