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Latin America Bureau’s Achievements & Performance 2022-3

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LAB had a busy 2023… We published articles on COP28, memory and Milei, the rise of narcomining in Ecuador, Indigenous beekeeping in Mexico, water defenders, the Rights of Nature, The Amazon Summit, democracy in Guatemala, Brazilian women in London’s delivery sector, domestic workers, saving Yasuní, and surviving the Darién Gap.

Crossed Off the Map‘ by Shafik Meghji fast became one of LAB’s best-selling books. It was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year, the British Guild of Travel Writers Narrative Travel Book of the Year, and the Great Outdoors Book of the Year.

The Heart of Our Earth‘ by Tom Gatehouse featured on the London Mining Network Book Club, received an excellent review in NACLA, an excerpt published in three languages in Diálogo Chino, a print review in the New Internationalist, a feature in Bristol24/7, an interview in El Clarín de Chile, and a focus on the lithium chapter in Chilean, Swiss, and Italian media.

We published testimonies from displaced Venezuelan women, communities resisting destruction by mining, and those who searched for the disappeared of the South American dictatorships.

We promoted books and films at the brilliant Spanish Book and Zine Fair in London and at the brand new Sisterhood Festival in Bradford. We also held international webinars on Afro-Ecuadorian women’s work, migrant women resisting gendered violence, the work of environmental defenders in Peru, and mining and environmental justice.

We launched the #EnvironmentalDefenders series, opening pitches to the public, and we translated #WomenResistingViolence into Spanish and Portuguese (keep an eye out!).

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