Church leaders in Guatemala have played a significant role in the struggle to thwart controversial plans by a European energy giant, defending the widely ignored rights of the indigenous community, writes Tobias Roberts, on assignment with Mennonite Central Committee from North America. ENEL is the largest utility in Italy and the second largest in Europe, with revenues of more than US$100 billion in 2010.
Having gained its independence from a colonial Spanish government in 1821, Guatemala experienced many years of political instability that included a variety of military and civilian governments and a 36-year guerrilla war. You can sponsor a child in Guatemala here.
Hurricane Felix, which struck Nicaragua on Tuesday 5 September 2007, has destroyed 9,000 homes, according to the Nicaraguan government. 38 people are confirmed dead, with another 80 missing. Honduras and Guatemala have also been hit.