Describes the current situation in Guatemala, now that the civil war is over. Provides brief demographic, geographic, economic, political and cultural information. Discusses the plight of the indigenous population and women. Presents the problems faced by the indigenous population – poverty, illiteracy, lack of sanitation, lack of electricity, lack of land ownership, lack of food, and alcoholism. Focuses then on the problems faced by women – same as above but with the added problem of high fertility rates and high maternal mortality rates. Signals some of the changes that are taking place, with women organizing themselves into a political force to be reckoned with. Acknowledges readily that there is much to do.
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