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Hunger in Guatemala

The land of the Americas is rich in natural products and seduces with its gastronomic diversity and unique flavors, yet more than sixty million people live in hunger on the continent. In this scenario, to think about the future is to wonder if there will be food for the next day; the present is to sleep on an empty stomach.

Guatemala is the country with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the fourth highest in the world, according to World Bank figures. Beans, rice, corn, chili peppers, all in meager rations, is the survival diet of many Guatemalans. The department of San Marcos is one of the areas most affected by hunger in this country and the World Food Program has warned that fifty percent of the families do not have access to a balanced diet. Malnutrition hits the indigenous population of the area the hardest and more than half of the children live with malnutrition.

In 2009, the government declared a “state of public calamity” caused by the famine that hit the population and the situation has not improved since then. The pandemic has been another factor that has disadvantaged many families, who look to migration as an opportunity to give their loved ones a better life. In these arid mountains, sleeping hungry is the only certainty with which to live.