Overview

Population

Discrimination

Malnutrition

Violence and Impunity

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Population

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Almost half of Guatemala's population, or about 6.7 million, are children and adolescents under 18. Of these, 41%, i.e. approximately 2.7 million consider themselves indigenous members of one of three main groups: Maya, Xinca and Garífuna.

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Of the total population, just over half (51%) live in poverty and 15% in extreme poverty. Among the indigenous populations in rural areas, the percentage increases to 72%.

 

 
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