We’re all in danger here. Most are leaving or have left in recent years… those who are able to, that is. There is no hope here.
El Barrial, Spanish for ``slough``, is a town located eight miles east of the city of Chiquimula, Guatemala. There are no paved roads, so it can only be accessed by all-terrain vehicles. A few hundred residents remain, but most houses and small buildings are now abandoned.
“Life is too hard here. Too hard. You try and try, but there is no way out,`` said Miriam.
Just like every other town in the Dry Corridor of Central America, El Barrial has seen several decades of climate disasters. These consist of periods of severe drought followed by heavy rains that washed out the soil, flushing the nutrients sorely needed in a once thriving farming community.