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David Mercer

Latin America

Undocumented Guatemalan workers in US support families back home

More than a million Guatemalans are working in the US, most of them without documents. The billions of dollars they send back each year are a vital source of income in a country where more than half the people live in poverty.

Latin America

Anger as Guatemala plans to close private children’s shelter

Guatemala's government has a legal battle on its hands after it announced plans to close a private children's shelter. It comes just weeks after a backlash over a fire at a government-run home, which killed 41 teenage girls.

Latin America

Mexico: Two entrepreneurs find a way to fight pollution

It's the fifth-largest city in the world, and the sheer volume of people living in Mexico City means it's no stranger to high levels of air pollution. Now, two entrepreneurs are hoping to change that by converting a petrol-powered car to electric.

Latin America

Pizzeria helps the homeless in Mexico City

In Mexico City, a pizzeria is drawing praise for its unique approach to social empowerment. For every five pieces of pizza sold, the shop donates one to homeless people.

Latin America

Mexico City hit hard by water shortages

More than two million people have been affected by water shortages across Mexico's capital.

Latin America

Guatemala shelter fire: Victims’ families demand answers

Grieving parents in Guatemala are demanding answers after a fire ripped through a government-run shelter for underprivileged children, killing at least 34 teenage girls.

Environment

How Panama is saving the world's frogs

A state-of-the-art laboratory allows researchers to look at ways to protect the amphibians from deadly fungus.

Environment

Gold mine drives wedge in Guatemala community

Supporters say Marlin mine creates jobs, but critics see it as exploitative and environmentally unsound.

Americas

Racing to the Olympics, against all odds

A 25-year-old single mother from Guatemala is on the path to realising her dreams of Olympic glory after being qualified to compete in the London Games.

Americas

Guatemala's land grab and massacre

When local residents in Rio Negro resisted the building of a hydroelectric dam on their land more than 30 years ago, the government used force to push them into "model communities".