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News about what is going on in Latin America from a mission’s perspective.

Over a week of violent protests have left a mounting number dead, injured, or missing in Colombia. What began as a protest against new tax hikes meant to reignite the economy has morphed into violent displays of anger and discontent across a country that has been riddled with increasing poverty and corruption. President Duque has since...
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Peru is set to have a divisive presidential run-off this coming June after the April general elections failed to yield a clear winner. The winner of this run-off will be Peru’s 5th president in 5 years. On one side stands Pedro Castillo, a socialist elementary school teacher from the Andes who has been compared to...
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The conservative businessman Guillermo Lasso won the presidential elections that took place in Ecuador on April 11th! This was a surprise victory because his opponent, Andrés Arauz, led in all the polls leading up to the elections and was heavily favored to win. Andrés Arauz was running on a socialistic, leftist platform and was part...
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This past Friday, Chile registered over 9,000 new COVID cases in one day. It’s a grim record in a country that has been lauded for being 4th in the world in vaccination rates, and 1st in Latin America. Chile has given at least one dose of the vaccine to almost 40% of its population, but...
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In the subtropical Yungas valleys, about 60 miles northeast of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, you will find a small kingdom of Afro-Bolivians. This little kingdom has a population of about 2,000 people and is mostly made up of farmers that grow coca, citrus, and coffee. The city of Mururata is the center of this kingdom,...
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The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, was recently arrested by the new socialist government that was voted in this past October. The Movement for Socialism (MAS) arrested Añez for throwing a coup against former president Evo Morales. Añez was apprehended along with several other government administrators. Bolivians have once again taken the matter...
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For the last two hundred years, the village of Yoro, Honduras has experienced an unusual yearly phenomena–raining fish! Once or twice a year after a massive rainfall, villagers will find hundreds of tiny fish flopping around in the streets. The citizens of Yoro collect the fish and thank God for the provision. A team of...
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There has been an increase in the number of Venezuelan migrants crossing the border between Chile and Bolivia on foot. Chile has seen around 200 migrants a day cross its borders, braving the harsh altiplano terrain almost 4,000 feet above sea level where temperatures can drop to below 0C. Border towns, themselves without sufficient electricity,...
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Freedom of the press is something we often take for granted in the United States, but the desire for that freedom is not unique to our country. Nicaraguans desire that same freedom; however, new laws passed in Nicaragua have limited the press. Under the “Special Cybercrime Law,” passed in October 2020, a journalist who writes...
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As many countries worldwide are beginning to find relief from the COVID pandemic, Brazil is begging its citizens to stay home and take precautions as they experience the worst outbreak of cases they have seen since last year. Many believe this outbreak has resulted from mass gatherings for government elections in November, Christmas and New...
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