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    El Mezquitzal, a typical poor, urban community in Guatemala City. These overcrowded, precarious ravines are often the only areas where incoming migrants and poor families are able to settle.

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    El Mezquitzal, a typical poor, urban community in Guatemala City. The poorest of the poor in Guatemala migrate to the capital city, settling in the space remaining, often at the bottom of the ravines. These sites are usually left open, having been previously abandoned due to the dangers of water...

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    El Mezquitzal, a typical poor, urban community in Guatemala City, Guatemala. These overcrowded, precarious ravines are often the only areas where the poor are able to settle.

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    El Mezquitzal, a typical poor, urban community in Guatemala City. Rapid urbanization often takes place in the most marginal areas of the city.

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    Los Lomas de Azacualpilla, a community in Guatemala City. As part of a Hurricane Mitch resettlement program, this inter-city squatter community was relocated twenty miles outside of the city center. Far from urban markets and job opportunities, lacking potable water, sewage, and health facilities,...

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    Urban problems in the city of Santa Elena (region of El Peten in northern Guatemala) include pollution and lack of proper waste treatment. Several families live close to the municipal dump, living off the materials deposited there. Here, men are shown "helping" to remove a load of trash,...

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    Colonia Del Bosque, a peri-urban community near Santa Elena in El Peten, the northern region of Guatemala. Originally from the southern part of El Peten, this woman migrated to Santa Elena with her parents 10 years ago. After growing up in the central part of the city, she is now married with a...

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    Originally from the Alta Verapaz region, this Keq'chi Mayan family squats on an open property in Bellos Horizontes, a peri-urban community near San Benito in El Peten, new development in the northern region of Guatemala. At age 42, this mother is pregnant with her twelfth child, having...

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    Migrants arrive by bus in the city of Santa Elena in northern Guatemala.

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    A dense and lively central market in the city of Santa Elena in northern Guatemala. Since the late 1980s, the lowland rainforest region of northern Guatemala, El Peten, has become the destination of many Central American migrants who arrive seeking opportunity in the form of cheap available land....

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    A dense and lively central market in the city of Santa Elena in northern Guatemala. Since the late 1980s, the lowland rainforest region of northern Guatemala, El Peten, has become the destination of many Central American migrants who arrive seeking opportunity in the form of cheap available land....

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