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449-8
Credit: 
© 2002 Aimee Centivany, Courtesy of Photoshare
Photographer: 
Aimee Centivany
Location: 
Santa Elena
Guatemala
GT
Date taken: 
December 31, 2002
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Known Person: 

Caption

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. The poorest of the poor migrate to this area, as an alternative to relocating to Guatemala City, since here they can attempt to continue their agricultural lifestyle. As a result, the tri-city area of Flores, Santa Elena, and San Benito has been burdened with a rapidly urbanizing community, which exceeds both the resources and efforts of the local municipalities and the regional government.

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