Roel, dry corridor migration

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The Story

In Guatemala’s Dry Corridor, climate change is leaving the people with nothing to eat. To avoid hunger, people have little option but to emigrate in search of work.

Roel Ávalos works on the family plot growing corn and beans, but for the last six years the harvest has dwindled. A large proportion of the crops are lost to drought and food is in short supply. “The corn is ruined because of the amount of time it is left without water,” says Roel.

Six of his cousins have already left to work in the United States. They send money so that the rest of their family can eat. “My cousins left to avoid suffering from the drought that’s affected us so much in the last few years,” he says. “They decided to emigrate to the United States to see if they could recover up there.”

Roel also wanted to leave, but you need money to emigrate – which would mean selling of his land and leaving his household with no income. Meanwhile, he and his family remain at the mercy of the precious rain for their survival.

Roel, dry corridor migration

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