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Thursday
Jul082010

Letter from Chichicastenango Guatemala- Rebuilding after the storm

It has now been over a month since Hurricane Agatha touched down in Guatemala.  We have been organizing efforts to send clothes and funds to our friends who we have been doing a documentary with for the past 2.5 years.  They recently wrote us a letter updating us on the progress that is going on.  Many of the Mayan communities were affected by the storm, and have been having difficulties finding basic necessities like food and clean drinking water.  We are including direct place you can send your donations to help support the communities and our friends down in Guatemala who were affected.  We have been working with various Mayan communities throughout Guatemala, and our friends from Chichi have reached out to us to ask you for your kind support.  Anything you can give, please see the letter and info below.  Thank you so much.

Article by: Cassidy Rast

Letter from Juan Leon Cortez below

Thank you friend...we enormously thank you for the help you have provided. The people of the Maya Kiche en chichicastenango are now making huge efforts to move forward. We now have our legal status (legal representation and state tax number) as an association for the benefit of our comunity.  This is a dificult time for all of the areas of Guatemala. We have put much energy into our community of Chichi...unfortunately, there are places that were totally destroyed by the huricane, we include more photos in this email. Also, we want to manifest support for our relatives who suffered great losses and severe consequences.  Regretably, the most humble familes, whom live in adobe houses suffered the greatest.

Juan, Miguel and Mario

Respresentatives of the asociation of Mayan art and culture ITZAT

If you are interested in helping please e-mail outsidetheboxmediaarts@gmail.com and we will send you more information.  Thank you so much.

Outside the Box Media Arts

Friday
May282010

Guatemala volcano sparks state of emergency-ABC-NEWS

May 28, 2010  ABC NEWS

Firefighters evacuate the corpse of journalist Anibal Archila in  Guatemala

The burnt body of a Guatelamalan journalist was found near the volcano by a colleague (AFP: Johan Ordonez)

Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom has declared a state of emergency after a powerful eruption at the southern Pacaya volcano killed one person and forced the international airport to close.

Ash is blanketing the region 50 kilometres south of the capital, as rocks and lava spew from the volcano.

Mr Colom has issued an emergency decree lasting at least 15 days for the three departments nearest the eruption, which began Wednesday night and has since built in intensity.

The burnt body of Guatelamalan television journalist Anibal Archila was found near the volcano by a colleague, who said the reporter had been unable to escape the raining rocks and other projectiles thrown out in the eruption.

Officials say three children aged seven, nine and 10 are also missing in the area.

The La Aurora International Airport spokeswoman Monica Monge says the international airport has been closed to ensure planes were not flying through the volcano's hazardous ash cloud or landing on the ash-strewn runway.

Incoming flights have been diverted to airports in other parts of the country

Some 1,600 people were evacuated from the slopes of the volcano, which rises 2,552 metres above sea level in the tropical Central American nation.

There are 288 volcanoes in Guatemala, eight of which are active.

- AFP