19 de mayo de 2019
Hispanic World

Nun: Women in Central America will always be those hardest hit by migration

Sara Acosta

Sara Acosta

San Salvador, Apr 24 (efe-epa).- Women will "always" be those hardest hit by the irregular migration affecting Central America, especially the countries of the Northern Triangle, Spanish nun Carmela Gibaja said in an interview with EFE.

Gibaja, who belongs to the Sisters of the Guardian Angel, has closely followed the issue of irregular migration in the Northern Triangle - that is, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - via her work with Red Rama, a religious organization in Central America and the Caribbean that works against people trafficking.

Given her experience, Gibaja said that the immigration "crisis" affecting the region is "stronger" now than at "other times," because "many women, children and teenagers are involved."

She said that as part of the migrant caravan phenomenon in El Salvador and Honduras in late 2018 these women and children "are those who are more prone to fall into the criminal networks, above all into the people trafficking networks."

People trafficking - considered to be the second-most-profitable crime in the world - consists of the illegal trade in human beings with aims that can vary from sexual exploitation and reproductive slavery to forced labor or organ removal.

"People trafficking is increasing in the region and in these migrant caravans the women, children and teens are very vulnerable to falling into the hands of unscrupulous people," she said.

Gibaja emphasized that woman and girls are "always" the most vulnerable due to their gender "because we know that there is a macho culture in the region where women are considered to be inferior to men, weak and are seen as objects of pleasure and abuse."

Regarding the stance of US President Donald Trump on the thousands of migrants trying to reach his country, who he has called "criminals," Gibaja said that the US leader "has a limited and closed view of the problem of migration."

"Migrants are not going to steal from the United States, they're not a danger, they're men and women who are doing the work that Americans don't want to do ... Female migrants (go) to that country to raise the Americans' children," she said.

She expressed the opinion that Trump "doesn't have a complete view of reality, he doesn't know what it is to have limited access to healthcare, to education and to dignified work."

In addition, she said that if Trump were to definitively cancel US economic aid to the Northern Triangle, the migration of women "would increase considerably" because "part of the money that is sent to these countries goes to creating jobs."

"Many of the women who abandon their countries of origin are the heads of families and in reducing the job opportunities, they will leave seeking a way to earn a living," she said.

In late March, Trump announced economic aid cutbacks because - he said - the Northern Triangle nations are doing "nothing" to prevent the formation of migrant caravans that set out intending to reach the US.

Central Americans migrate for a number of reasons, including looking for better working conditions, family reunification and to escape the violence that is slowly eating away at their countries.

Given this scenario, Gibaja urged the governments in Central America to create public policies to protect vulnerable people and create conditions whereby they can get access to education, work and healthcare.

She also asked the US government to promote "more welcoming" politics and to avoid xenophobia.

Histórico de noticias
Opposition member killed by prison guard honored in Nicaragua

Matagalpa, Nicaragua, May 19 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of people turned out Sunday to honor an opposition member who was killed during a prison riot last week in...

Chile to be main country at Berlinale European Film Market 2020

Cannes, France, May 19 (efe-epa).- Chile will be the featured country at the Berlinale European Film Market 2020, which will allow it to prepare its own...

Argentina's Fernandez pulls surprise with vice-presidential bid

Rodrigo Garcia

25Th death anniversary of Jackie Kennedy

By Javier Romualdo

Antekounmpo helps Bucks take 2-0 lead over Raptors in EC finals

Milwaukee, USA, May 17 (efe-epa).- Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds along with five assists...

US reaches agreement with Mexico, Canada on lifting metals tariffs

Washington, May 17 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States confirmed Friday that his administration has reached an agreement with Mexico and Canada...

Gasoline shortage comes to haunt Caracas

Caracas, May 17 (efe-epa).- Caracas residents this Friday formed long lines to fill up their vehicles' gas tanks and even had to avoid certain service...

Stars, fans flock to San Juan for Puerto Rico Comic Con

San Juan, May 17 (efe-epa).- The 17th edition of Puerto Rico Comic Con got under way Friday at the San Juan Convention Center, kicking off a busy weekend of...

Body found on Argentine mountain may be Spanish climber missing since 1990

Buenos Aires, May 17 (efe-epa).- A mummified body discovered on the slopes of El Rincon mountain appears to be that of a Spanish climber who disappeared 29...

Venezulan envoy backs Norway dialogue, warns of sabotage by opposition

Santiago, May 17 (efe-epa).- The Venezuelan ambassador to Chile expressed his support this Friday for the talks in Norway between representatives of his...

States in Midwest and South challenge 1973 legalization of abortion

By Jorge Mederos.

Brazil rolls out revamped squad for Copa America

Rio de Janeiro, May 17 (efe-epa).- The Brazilian national soccer team's revamped roster will get its first major test when it hosts the upcoming 2019 Copa...

Trump postpones decision on auto tariffs for 6 months

Washington, May 17 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States on Friday postponed for six months a decision on whether to slap tariffs on imports of...

Panama's main independent group deciding whether to form a political party

By Maria M. Mur

Spanish play about role of poetry, beauty in a sick society comes to Uruguay

Alejandro Prieto

Latin America urged to focus on sustainable infrastructure

Alfonso Fernandez.

Trump leaves "Dreamers" out of immigration plan

Washington, May 16 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump presented Thursday a plan for "merit-based" immigration policies that does not address the situation...

Severe Mexico City pollution forcing authorities to seek long-term solution

Zoilo Carrillo

Washington, May 16 (EFE).- The last four supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who were protesting inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington...

Venezuela's Guaido confirms talks in Norway with Maduro gov't

Caracas, May 16 (efe-epa).- Self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim president Juan Guaido said here Thursday that his representatives have been meeting in Norway...

Chile, Colombia and Peru lead sustainable public-private partnerships

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, May 16 (EFE).- Chile, Colombia and Peru lead the index of capacity to carry out sustainable public-private partnerships in...

Legendary boxer Roberto Duran says his life has material for many films

By Fabio Agrana and Rogelio Adonican Osorio

Brazil says it's still a Women's World Cup favorite despite losing streak

Rio de Janeiro, May 16 (efe-epa).- The head coach of Brazil's women's national soccer team said here Thursday that his squad remains a favorite at the...

Venezuelan National Assembly's admin building closed on bomb fears

Caracas, May 16 (efe-epa).- The opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly's administrative building was closed on Thursday due to concerns that a...