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We, Jelena and Frank, are travelling through Latin America searching for interesting and inspiring stories from young local people
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The difficulties of being pregnant in El Salvador

Griselda, 23, stands in her little kiosk in Cinquera, El Salvador, with her big belly clearly visible. “I’m 7 months pregnant with my first child. He’s supposed to be born on the 16th of May.” She already has a name – either Samir or Aylan. “I like the exotic sound of it. I think it’s Arabic, isn’t it?” She seems to be very happy about her pregnancy and baby but also slightly worried that something might go wrong.   Together with her boyfriend, she took the decision...

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“They shall have a better life than I”

Jacinto never met his dad. His is not another story so common around here: girl meets boy, gets pregnant unwantedly, and the boy vanishes. Jacinto’s story is different. When he was 8 months old, his dad was shot by the Guatemalan army during an armed conflict that struck Guatemala for more than 30 years. The western part of Guatemala, where Jacinto was born, was worst affected. “The only memory I have of my dad is his last name ‘Brito’, which I carry as well. I’ve...

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Young, ambitious, and gay in Guatemala

“I’m a lot of things people don’t like around here: I’m not from here, I’m successful with my business, I’m gay.”   Andrés*, 28 years old, was born in a village in the province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. He knew he was gay from a very early age on but didn’t dare to be open about it. Homosexuality is legal in Guatemala but the societal stigma around it remains since Guatemalan culture is patriarchal and machista. “Walking with my partner hand in hand over the streets? No...

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Mennonites in Little Belize

David is 24 years old and from Belize. That might raise some questions. Where exactly is Belize and why is David so white and blond? Belize is a small country in Central America bordering on Mexico, Guatemala, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, since it was a British colony back in the days. The country only has around 350,000 inhabitants, which are fairly diverse. There are Creoles, people with indigenous and Spanish descendants; there...

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Being indigenous in Mexico

Marce is 24 years old and from a little town called San Dionisio Ocotepec in Mexico. The town is around one hour driving from the regional capital Oaxaca and around 8 hours driving to the south-east from Mexico City. Marce and her family are Zapotec, the biggest indigenous group in the state of Oaxaca. Around 750,000 people belong to this group, which also speak their own language called Zapotec. Marce learned Spanish only at school. By now, she speaks both languages perfectly since she mostly...

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Entrepreneurs on the rise in Cuba

Agustín is 32 years old and lives in Santa Clara, Cuba, a city around four hours driving from the capital Havana. He runs his own small phone, tablet, and computer repair service, although he actually studied veterinary medicine. He decided not to pursue a career in that field but to rather become an entrepreneur. A year ago, he opened his little shop and already employs two other people. Since Internet is available in Cuba for about a year now, smartphones, tablets, and laptops become increasingly...