Migrants Take Out Huge Loans to Pay Coyotes. Coronavirus Could Cause Them to Default. (VICE News)

More and more Guatemalans take out loans up to $16,000 to be smuggled to the U.S., putting their homes on collateral. If they succeed in their migration, they could change their families' lives for generations. If they fail, they risk losing everything. As novel coronavirus ravages the U.S. economy, it threatens to tip them toward disaster.


Doctor, Refugee. Violinist, Refugee. Model, Refugee. (The New York Times)

They felt on top of the world. Then the world turned upside down. When earthquake, war or social upheaval drives you across a border and into the unknown, you learn the hard lesson of the refugee: You didn’t just lose a home, a job, a country. You may also have lost your identity. Five Venezuelans tell their stories of life before and after crisis in their country changed everything.

Lima’s ‘Wall of Shame’ and the Art of Building Barriers (The Atlantic)

Lima, Peru’s “Wall of Shame” was constructed by the city’s hyper-rich in the 1980s to keep out poor migrants displaced by bloodshed in Peru’s countryside. Like many world walls – whether it be the U.S.-Mexico border’s to Israel-Palestine’s – the 6-mile-long barrier stands as a testament to the culture’s deeper societal divisions.

'Referendum on Duque': Hundreds of thousands march against Colombian president (Al Jazeera)

In a wave of anti-government protests sweeping across Latin America, hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the street in protest against the embattled government of President Iván Duque. Largely peaceful demonstrations ended in clashes between police and protesters and the sounds of the "cacerolazo," echoing across the South American country.

Stateless In Colombia: Inside Colombia's citizenship crisis (USA Today/The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

The Colombia government announced they were nationalizing 24,000 babies born 'stateless' to Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-stricken country. But that was only a bandaid to a larger problem as the country grapples with the influx of millions of migrants. Front page story of USA Today. Pulitzer Center project page.

Alternating Currents: The rise and fall of Venezuela through the eyes of a different migrant community (Longform; Atlas Obscura)

One of the biggest mosques in Latin America towers over the Venezuela border city of Maicao, Colombia, which sits at the heart of the exodus of over 4 million Venezuelans from their country. It was built, though, by a different migrant population: Lebanese fleeing war. This is the story of how those immigrants rose and fell with Venezuela.

Yesterday, he sang for guerrillas. Today, he’s one town’s mayor. (Christian Science Monitor)

Guillermo Torres, "the singer of the FARC," is among a few recently elected ex-guerrillas. He once had a $2.5 million call for his arrest and is accused of a range of war crimes from kidnapping to homicide. As he tries to leave his past in Colombia's bloody armed conflict behind, he poses a key question to the country: Is it possible to move ahead when decades of conflict are still unresolved?

The Walkers: Venezuelans travel hundreds of kilometres by foot (Photo Story; Al Jazeera)

'The Walkers:' I followed the winding, mountainous road running from the Colombia-Venezuela border that a growing number of Venezuelans are taking as they flee crisis on foot.
Migrants – families, the elderly, the sick – trek hundreds of miles in extreme conditions, often not knowing what lies ahead. Some have their sights set on Colombian cities, others are beginning journeys across the continent.

They were raped during Colombia’s civil war. Now they want justice for their children. (Public Radio International)

Nearly 28,000 victims were sexually abused during Colombia's half-century civil war. Now, a group of those victims who gave birth as a product of that rape are fighting to have their children, too, recognized as victims.

Fears stoke backlash against Venezuelans in Peru (BBC)

As Peru struggles to keep up with the exodus of Venezuelas fleeing the economic, political and medical crisis overtaking their country, a wave of xenophobia has swept across it's cities. Fears and anxieties have been stoked on by politicians, the country's media and growing tensions in the workforce.

How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive (Foreign Policy)

Former FARC leaders once acted as a symbol of hope and peace in Colombia, but their announcement to return to arms was a stark reminder of the fragility of the peace accords on the ground. As the country struggles to keep that peace, Colombian President Iván Duque will have to decide what he will put on the fire: water or gasoline.

Hospitals are turning into 'cemeteries for migrants' on Colombia-Venezuela border (Public Radio International)

Hospitals on the Colombia-Venezuela border face collapse as they take on their Venezuela's expanding health crisis. Maternal and infant mortalities, syphilis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and infectious diseases like measles and malaria have skyrocketed. Health leaders say they're no

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