GUATEMALA: Death in the Tragic Triangle

GUATEMALA EN PIE (Guatemala is on its feet) read hand-lettered placards taped to newly installed plate-glass windows in Guatemala City shops and restaurants last week. That was an exaggeration, but the country had at least risen to its knees and was fighting to recover from one of the most destructive earthquakes ever to hit the Western Hemisphere (TIME, Feb. 16). Last week the terrible toll continued to climb as new victims were found—nearly 19,000 dead, 66,000 wounded, at least 1,000,000 homeless.* Amid the miasma of death, new clouds of dust rose from...

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