This week on Faraway Up Close Paul Cunningham travels to Guatemala - one of the most violent countries in the world. Having only recently emerged from 10 years of civil war Paul discovers that Guatemalan society is still dominated by a culture of violence and murder - particularly against women.
Last year approximately 650 women were murdered and yet there were only 3 prosecutions. Hurricane Stan caused 669 deaths, directly affected more than 470,000 other lives, damaged or destroyed almost 35,000 homes and partially or completely wiped out the sanitation and water systems of entire villages. Damage to Guatemalan agriculture was colossal.
This combination of war, poverty, natural disaster and social unrest has inevitably resulted in appalling living conditions with each day a struggle for survival, especially for women.