Chiapas’ earthquake

As some of you might know, last night, around 23:50 h, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast. The earthquake hit off Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border with a 8.2 magnitude. It was slightly stronger than the 1985 quake, that destroyed Mexico City.

President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that at least 31 people were killed and over 200 were injured due the quake. Many people in Chiapas and Oaxaca have lost their homes. Both states have declared STATE OF EMERGENCY.

The effects were also felt in Guatemala, where at least one person died and homes along the border with Mexico were leveled

So far, 266 aftershocks have been registered. The last one happened today at 6:28 h, with a 6.1 magnitude.

Most affected towns in Oaxaca: Juchitán, Matías Romero, Unión Hidalgo, San Dionisio del Mar, Asunción Ixtaltepec, Santa María Xadani, Santiago Niltepec, Santo Domingo, Ingenio, El Espinal, Tehuantepec, Salina Cruz and other communities.

Juchitan’s city councilor, Pamela Terán, asked the state and federal authorities for help.“We urgently need as much help as you can send,” she said. “We need hands and manpower to try and dig out the people that we know are buried under the rubble.”

Schools in at least 10 Mexican states and in Mexico City were closed on Friday as the president ordered an immediate assessment of the damage nationwide. 

TSUNAMI ALERT in Oaxaca has been cancelled, and REDIRECTED to Guerrero.

Katia in Veracruz

Katia is now a category 2 hurricane and will land on Veracruz coast tonight.

Said state and Tampico, Tamaulipas are now under constant vigilance.

Intense storms are expected in Puebla, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Tabasco y Chiapas, Estado de México, Ciudad de México y Morelos.

Also, Mexico City is also in alert due to the constant raining; most streets are now under water. Many people have lost their homes. Rivers are flooding and there has been several subsidences all over the city’s streets. Until now, two people have perished. 

Mexico’s emergency numbers

9-1-1. National number for medical, civil protection, security and public services emergencies.

Below the cut, numbers and bank accounts to help. If you can and want to help, please let me know your state/city’s food bank or collection center location.

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While a Mexican is Hispanic
A Hispanic is not Mexican

•Cubans are not Mexican
•Colombians are not Mexican
•Puerto Ricans are not Mexican
•Guatemalans are not Mexican
•Dominicans are not Mexican
•Salvadorians are not Mexican
•Ecuadorians are not Mexican
•Peruvians are not Mexican
•Hondurans are not Mexican


Santa Catalina Arch - Antigua, Guatemala 

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most distinguishable buildings in Antigua. Built in the 17th century, the arch was originally built to connect the Santa Catalina convent, to a school, allowing the nuns to pass between the two buildings, without having to go down and cross the street below. The clock on top of the arch was added later, in the 1830′s. 

The design of the Guatemala Post Office Building was inspired by the Santa Catalina Arch. 


GUATEMALA. San Juan Sacatepéquez. February 14, 2017. Even Walking to School Can Turn Deadly. Funerals of two young boys who were kidnapped and killed. More than 2,000 people walked in the funeral procession.

As photojournalists we sometimes see people on the worst days of their lives. In Guatemala this week, I was with families whose sons had been kidnapped on their way to school, their hands and feet bound and their bodies thrown into sacks.

I first learned about the killings on social media, as both my driver and I were following the local Guatemalan news of what’s called the nota roja, usually spot news and mostly about crime. I lived in Mexico and Central America for about seven years earlier in my career, and I still have good friends—both writers and photojournalists—who work throughout that region, who I can count on to help me on the ground when news is breaking. Our profession, even globally, is small and the relationships we make along the way serve us for our entire careers.

I’ve been photographing immigration and border security as a staffer for Getty Images for most of the last decade, and I try to approach the issues broadly. I spend a lot of time on the southern U.S. border, both with the border agents, whose job it is to enforce the law, and with the immigrants in shelters, before and after they attempt to cross. I also reach out to immigrant support groups that aim to make their lives better and help them integrate easier into American society.

This 10-day trip to Guatemala, planned for months with my editor, was part of my effort to show the root causes of illegal immigration and to put a more human face on the issue. The funeral was on the last day.

The village, along an unpaved road on a steep hillside, is near the area of San Juan Sacatepéquez is more than an hour west of Guatemala City. The people are mostly indigenous Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans and they generally don’t want much media in their community. Yet this news was so horrific they were united in their grief and wanted to show their solidarity against such barbarism. Most people there also speak Spanish, so I was able to talk with them.

The wake for the two boys—Carlos Daniel Xiquin, 10, and Oscar Armando Toc Cotzajay, 11—was held in Oscar’s home beginning the day before and straight through until the funeral. The two were neighbors and schoolmates. A crowd of people filled the street outside house.

I introduced myself to a family member who was greeting locals coming to view the bodies that were in glass-topped caskets, side by side. I photographed for a few minutes and then went back outside to give them privacy, as they prepared for a short Christian service. The sound system was playing the theme song to “The Young and the Restless” on loop.

Once the procession started, it wound up the hill. About 2,000 people solemnly walked along, as pall bearers carried the coffins and a small brass band played. It took about an hour for them to reach the boys’ elementary school, where the memorial service was held.

I concentrated on the faces of the people who attended. That two children in their community could be kidnapped while walking to school and then so brutally killed was as terrifying to them as it would be to any of us in any neighborhood. After the service, the procession meandered another two hours to the cemetery on top of a mountain.

Although the boys were from different families, they were both interred in the tomb of Oscar’s family. The children died together and together they will remain. Two of my kids are about that age, so I found this funeral especially hard to cover. I hope that my photographs portrayed them with a sense of dignity, even in such an undignified time.

Photographs: John Moore/Getty Images


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Below the cut you will find 127 small/medium HQ gifs of the beautiful Puerto Rican & Guatemalan-American actress, Adria Arjona - as requested by @juliawickxer. She is best known her roles as Dorthy Gale in Emerald City, Dani Silva in Person of Interest, and Emily in True Detective. None of these gifs were made by me, they are all textless, and there are no repeats.

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Nonbinary Native American butch with short hair* and their Guatemalan butch girlfriend with long hair ft. Pastel green and blue aesthetics for @spacedoutwlw

* I tried so hard to find teens and a Native American person with a shaved head but I just couldn’t sorry fam hope you like it regardless


Here are my summer goals to achieve before I go back to college in case anyone cared (they don’t):
1- get my splits down
2-practice belt because I’m home alone most days and can scream all I want
3-be able to take pictures of my ugly self without stupid filters
4-get plants

Rigoberta Menchú (b. 1959) is a Guatemalan political activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She is a strong campaigner for indigenous and women’s rights, particularly active during the Guatemalan Civil War.

She was forced to go into exile in Mexico in 1981, but organised the national resistance and the struggle for indigenous rights from outside her country. Since the end of the war, she campaigned for those responsible for the torture and genocide of the native population to be tried in Spanish courts, an effort which was successful on various occasions.

Back in California, I ponder the meaning of Guatemala, in my only-child existence amid jade plants and brick incinerators, with my single mother in a Hollywood apartment decorated with a crumbling mosaic of Venice. Guatemala is there in the extended silences of my severed existence. I walk and play in the dry California air, squint in the desert light, and I think of the empire of metal, plastic and electronics around me. I know I belong here, in this modern, self-confident and brazenly ambitious place; but that I also belong in that less-modern other country that’s on the other end of a plane ride, a country that’s hopeful in a much different way and filled with most of the people whose bloodlines are tied to mine.
—  Héctor Tobar, “This is what I remember about Guatemala,” Latino Studies 11, 2013