Health, Death and Poverty in Indigenous Guatemala (2 of 30)

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Rodrigo's niece, Alicia, visits her uncle's house. She works for the local non-profit organization “Mayan Families” which supports impoverished Guatemalan families. After seven years of suffering from diabetes and no access to proper treatment and nutrition, 49-years old Rodrigo lays in bed, waiting for his last moment in his small home in San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala. This father of five children has been in and out of hospital frequently. He chose not to return there to spare his family from financial difficulties.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their lack of basic necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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