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Latin America at Global Voices: 2010 in Review

maandag, januari 3rd, 2011

In 2010 a major earthquake hit Chile, several new heads of state took office, former Argentinean president Nestor Kirchner unexpectedly passed away, the Nobel Prize in Literature was given to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. Let’s review some of the other stories at Global Voices about Latin American during 2010 from a citizen media perspective.

Natural Disasters
The region was severely hit by natural disasters this year. In January, Juan Arellano reported on mudslides in Cusco, Peru which left almost 2,000 tourists stranded, and Juliana Rincón gathered citizen videos calling for aid.

On February 27, Eduardo Avila began covering the earthquake that hit Chile, reporting that,
“At 3:34 a.m. local time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 struck off the coast of the Maule region in Chile. The earthquake was felt in the capital city of Santiago located 325km from the epicenter.”

A Special Coverage Page was created to gather citizen reports and featured Global Voices stories, like Felipe Cordero’s post on the social inequalities revealed by the earthquake and Silvia Viñas’ report on the indigenous Mapuche community affected by the earthquake.