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The Missing Piece of U.S. Aid for Central America

October 25, 2016

When the road is clear, the drive from Guatemala City to Izabal, about 205 miles away, takes just over five hours. Jose Rodríguez was lucky to make it in eight.

Rodriguez, who travels all over the country as a contractor refurbishing pharmacies and supermarkets, was on his way to a job in Izabal this September when he was forced to make a detour - two days of heavy rain had collapsed a bridge on the Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán highway that connects the capital with Guatemala’s northeastern coastal region. Ever the enterprising small-business owner, Rodríguez decided to ford part of the...

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