Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The tragedy in Guatemala

Terrible news coming out of Guatemala about the volcano. But why is the country so poor? Poverty is about 60% in a country rich in natural resources, and about 60% of the people are European or mixed Spanish/Indian heritage. Their Civil War ended in 1996, and perhaps that's a large part of it. Look how many people in the U.S. are still knocking down statues. I was listening to an appeal for funds this morning from an organization (Christian I presume) that has been there for DECADES feeding the hungry, finding clean water, housing, etc. Mexico sends the Guatemalan ethnic "refugees" north--it doesn't want them. So they end up in the U.S. and Guatemala is the #1 recipient of remittances from the U.S. Where is the incentive for the government of Guatemala to do a better job for its people?

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