Guatemala

Arts

Guatemalan women transform their town one brushstroke at a time

Lidia Florentino Cumes Cumez is one of several women working on a project to paint the 800 homes of Santa Catarina Palopó using colors and designs created by indigenous women that imitate their traditional weavings. Nearly 50 homes have been painted thus far, and 150 are on a waitlist for the next round.

Belief

Did war change Guatemala's faith?

You can trace evangelicalism in Guatemala to American missionaries who went to help out after an earthquake in 1976. But that doesn't explain its explosion in the decades since. The civil war might though.

Belief

Here's why I own an AR-15

It's partly nostalgia for the type of weapon that safeguarded him in Vietnam, says Luis Quiñonez, a 64-year-old former Marine. Still, the NRA member is not a fan of some of the issues advocated by the NRA.

Economics

For adopted Guatemalans, a searcher will look for birth moms. But sometimes the reunions are fraught.

Guatemala shut down international adoptions in 2008. Before that, US families adopted some 30,000 Guatemalan children. Now those kids are growing up, and some want a connection with their birth families. Enter "searchers," who will try to track down birth families for a fee. But as one adoptive mom found out, that process can be difficult — and it's as unregulated as international adoption itself once was in Guatemala.