Gay congressman in Guatemala says indigenous people erased from coronavirus prevention campaign

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04/08/2020

Guatemala’s first openly gay and HIV-positive congressman has warned indigenous people are being erased from the country’s coronavirus prevention campaign. Aldo Dávila accused Guatemala’s health department of putting indigenous communities at risk by its use of language. “There has been no campaign [of coronavirus prevention] in indigenous languages,” he said in a livestream. He also pointed out that the entire campaign took place online, leaving those without internet access unable to get information. “How are we reaching people without smartphones?” he asked. Dávila, 41, is a politician and activist who was elected to Congress in Guatemala in the country’s June 2019 general election.

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