A hunger crisis forces Guatemalans to choose: migration or death

In the first dispatch from a new series on migration in the Americas, National Geographic looks at how hunger is forcing migrants to flee Guatemala.

Hunger is a familiar feeling for families like María Elisa García’s in a region of far eastern Guatemala known as the “dry corridor.” The 26-year-old has six children, two of whom have recently been treated for malnutrition. Many years of drought has destroyed the lives of thousands of farmers, and recently, two hurricanes and the economic tumult from the COVID-19 pandemic left García with no harvest to feed her children.

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