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Homeless and Indigenous Communities Fending for Themselves

By MBN Staff | Thu, 04/23/2020 - 14:10

One of the most vulnerable groups in Mexico is indigenous communities and people living on the streets. The deficiencies and lack of access to basic services have become more noticeable since the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In this situation, indigenous communities decided not to stand idly and installed their own blockades and curfews to protect their villages, local leaders and officials told Reuters. Deputy Minister of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, reported yesterday that the number of infected in the country increased to 10,544 while the death toll rises to 970. Out of those, more than 70 of the confirmed cases have been people that speak an indigenous language and at least 13 of them have died. 

At the end of March, the Minister of Inclusion and Social Welfare in Mexico City, Almudena Ocejo, presented a protocol of attention for homeless people, which population sums up a total of 14 million throughout the country. 

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