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In pictures: The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans

In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
01/13
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The family of 3-year-old Santos, second from right, live in a two-room house. The oldest child sleeps in a bed in his room and the four others share two wooden beds with no mattress.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
02/13
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Santos Cornelio, 9, and Reyna Petronila, 14, live in a one-room house. The family that consists parents and 4 children have only one bed.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
03/13
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Josue, 13, sleeps in the corner of the kitchen with his young brother, Oswald, 12. Josue appears to be slow in mental development, however his parents have not been able to seek medical attention for him.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
04/13
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Josue, 13, sleeps in the corner of the kitchen with his young brother, Oswald, 12. Josue appears to be slow in mental development, however his parents have not been able to seek medical attention for him.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
05/13
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Three years old Maria Cristina, middle, lives in a one-room house with her parents and her three siblings. They all share one bed.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
06/13
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Three years old Wendy Lucrecia, left, and two years old Roxana, sleep on carbon boards on the dirt floor with their parents in a one-room house made of cane and mad.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
07/13
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The family of three live in a small one-room house that fits only one bed.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
08/13
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Carla Marivel, left, play with her sister in their one-room house. The family of five with three children share two beds.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
09/13
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Manuela, 34, lives in a two room home with her husband Pedro, 34, and her 5 children including two year old Amicar, right. The family have two beds in each room. Pedro and three children sleep on the floor.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
10/13
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Three-year-old Gustavo Angel lives in a one-room house with her mother. There is no electricity and the two sleep on the plastic sheet on the dirt floor.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
11/13
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Four years old Jennifer Aracely Sicay sleep on the floor in a one-room house with her parents and younger sister.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
12/13
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Francisca Perez in the 7 foot square kitchen where she cook with an open fire. Eye and other health problems caused by the smoke out of open are not uncommon in Guatemala.
In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
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Indigenous women in her house where she sleeps with her husband and three children on a straw mat on the mad floor.
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans
  • In pictures The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans

Poverty plagues the indigenous in Guatemala with a low level of living condition. Many live in one-room homes made with cane, mad, and tin sheeting with mad floor and lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, stoves and furniture.

Indigenous village San Antonio Palopó in Guatemala sits on the steep banks of Lake Atitlan, the nation’s popular tourist destination located at 40 miles east of Guatemala City. United Nations reports that 80 % of indigenous population in Guatemala are living in poverty, compare to 40 % in the non-indigenous population in the nation.
Poverty plagues many indigenous with low level of living condition. Average houses are made of cane, mud and tin sheeting and the floor is dirt. Many lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, stoves as well as necessary furniture such as bed and mattress.
San Antonio Palopó was one of the most devastated villages by tropical storm Agatha in 2010. The village suffered from a huge landslide that swept away 25 homes, killed 15 people and destroyed the water systems. Many of who lost their home had returned to the same land where remains insecure from prospective storm and landslide, as many could not afford to relocated to safer location.

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