Sara Schonhardt's Blogs

  • My Ride with the Rooster

    Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala—The search for the bird began in the morning market, where live fowl huddled in baskets under colorful netting. The woman translating for me needed a companion for her hen, she said. We had been visiting villages across Guatemala’s Western Highlands — a largely indigenous area known for high rates of poverty, malnutrition, maternal mortality and migration — to talk to women about the impact of climate change on their lives. The market was in Santa Cruz del Quiche, the capital city of a department that bore the brunt of a 36-year civil war in which more than 200,000 people were killed, the majority of them Mayan. The hunt would end more than an hour’s drive away in Santa Maria, a tidy, hillside village of clay homes painted with limestone and dotted with whispering corn fields. ...

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