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January 8th and 9th
Clowns Without Borders Borders visited two isolated and very poor coffee Fincas. Lots of hours bouncing around in the back of a jeep.
January 8th we went to Finca La Candelaria above the pueblo of Pochuta. We were down in the hot lowlands at the beginning ot the hills. About 250 people packed around a concrete slab. They laughed like hyenas and we played for almost two hours,

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January 7th
Clowns Without Borders USA is now performing in Guatemala. This trip was launched with the idea of bringing smiles to children and adults in the communities most effected by torrential rains and mudslides caused by Hurricane Stan in October, 2005. Over 1000 people were killed in Guatemala, mostly by tremendous mudslides that drowned houses and whole villages. Rebuilding and replanti

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The shelter is the Port Allen Community Center, a structure that looks more like an oversized high school gymnasium. There is green grass and trees on either side of the building, some tall shady trees, with various gatherings of peoples outside. Two army MPs at the entrance are relaxing with several shelter residents sitting in chairs near by. A little cigarette magic with a woman who is about to

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Zuzka’s Journal Chiapas 2003
Coming from the States, a place of much fear and apprehension at this moment, proved to create an interesting perspective on this tour for me.
Getting past the country tranquility and steep geography of this highland region was a welcome respi
te from newspaper headlines. Arriving in our first village, Acteal, we descended into it via a steep staircase...

Rudi’s Log

Log April 22, Acteal 300 A powerful place to begin the tour, as the Pillar of Shame statue stands above the community. The statue was erected after the 1998 massacre where 40 people were killed by Paramilitary. I noticed that … Continue reading

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The situation
Despite the rapprochement of the Zapatistas and newly elected president Fox, tangible reforms and passage of an effective indigenous law replicating the 1996 accords in San Andreas. Congress did just pass a new indigenous law but took most of the key provisions such as territorial rights, community jurisdiction and mineral rights out of the law. Watered down to the extent that opposi

Kosovo 2000: Log

By 4 pm it is dusk this time of year in Kosovo/a. It is Kosovo in Serbian and on the maps, but Kosova in the hearts of the Albanians, 90% of the country’s inhabitants. The roads are full of white SUVs, Military vehicles, tons of European luxury cars, often without license plates (stolen)...

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The Payasos Mural Project in Guatemala lasted 3 weeks, and during this time, we worked at three different locations: El Refugio and Nujuju (homeless street boys' shelters, administered by Casa Alianza) and el Basurero (the dump, working with Cuarto Mundo, a human rights organization) in Guatemala City. We created 5 different murals with the street boys and children of the dump in this sort

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Laughter covering a trail of tears. Luckily this didn’t seem to be the case in Chiapas, but definitely it was Laughter covering a trail of fear and intimidation. The situation has changed little it seemed to me since my last visit a year ago. Although I didn’t get much of an opportunity to receive a detailed analysis of what is going on in Chiapas, the general word was of little change.
Women in Chiapas, 1996

The Laughter Was Generous

CWB – USA founder Moshe Cohen (aka Mister YooWhoo) returns to Chiapas for the fourth time in three years. He finds the political situation to be greatly deteriorated since his previous visit, but that laughter is as available, and needed, … Continue reading