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Gabriela García Calderón

Lima-based Peruvian-born, I live two blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. I'm a lawyer, lefty, short-sighted. I am able to read from right to left, as a mirror. I love Limean winter, yes, the winter. I like reading, watch good movies, getting letters (unfortunately outdated now), writing on my blog Seis de enero (January 6th) and sharing an ice cream all around the year (as long as it's not chocolate).

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Latest posts by Gabriela García Calderón

28 August 2015

It's About Time to End Female Genital Mutilation in the Only Latin American Country Where It Still Exists

Female genital mutilation is a practice usually associated with African countries, but in some indigenous communities in Colombia it's still being practiced.

11 August 2015

The Welsh “Y Wladfa”: A Rare Instance of Peaceful Foreign Settlement in South America

In 1865, 150 Welsh settlers disembarked from the ship chandler Mimosa in the Argentinian Patagonia, and laid the foundations for the American continent's only instance of peaceful colonisation.

9 August 2015

Making the Culture and Language of Peru's Nomatsigenga People Accessible and Enduring

Rising Voices

The Cultural Archive of the Nomatsigenga Language and Culture promises to be a blueprint for indigenous knowledge preservation in South America.

22 July 2015

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

6 July 2015

The Chaccu, a Millenary Andean Tradition All About Fine Vicuña Wool

Every year, by late June, Peru hunts these relatives of the llama for their exquisite wool, which help make some of the finest fiber in the world.

23 June 2015

A Magazine for Bolivia's Iconic ‘Cholita’ Indigenous Women

"...perhaps it's about time to change things up so that women are the ones that have the power."

22 June 2015

Peruvian Police Arrest Elderly Drivers for a Good Reason

It's Been 80 Years Since the Most Important War in South America's 20th Century

Between 1932 and 1935, Bolivia and Paraguay waged the Chaco War, a conflict considered to be the most important war during the 20th century in South America.

19 June 2015

Peruvian Ministry of Education Makes 24 Indigenous Alphabets Official

Panama’s Kuna Community Has a Special Place for Its Albinos, the ‘Children of the Moon’

In some countries, albinos are harassed and even murdered, as symbols of bad luck and sorcery. The Gunas, however, treat their albino children with special respect, though they haven't always.

9 June 2015

The Uruguayan Prison with a ‘Human Touch’

In Uruguay, you'll find a prison called Punta de Rieles ("Rail End") that practices an unusual "human approach" to incarcerating and reforming convicts.

7 June 2015

Mexico Votes Against a Background of Disenchantment and Violence

"The underlying feeling is one of profound deception."

29 May 2015

The Forgotten Massacre of Chinese People in Torreón, Mexico

In May 1911, during the Mexican Revolution, half the population of the Chinese community in the town of Torreón were killed by an enraged mob.

28 May 2015

Violence Once Again Shakes Mexico With Disappearance of At Least 30 People

"Tlatlaya, Ayotzinapa, and now Chilapa… does anyone still doubt that President Peña has lost control of the country?"

15 May 2015

‘I'm Not a Swindler': A Campaign Against Romani Discrimination Takes Aim at the Dictionary

Peruvian Girl Finds the Way Back Home, Thanks to Her Dog Perla

When a three-year-old girl wandered off, Perla stayed by her side and later helped guide police officers to her home.

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