Wisdom of indigenous peoples is being lost, warns UN Latin America chief

29 July 2020

In Latin America, indigenous people, many of whom who lack access to health facilities or clean water, are being particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alicia Bárcena, the head of ECLAC, the UN body for the region – together with the Caribbean - who worked with Maya communities early in her career, is concerned by the health risks faced by indigenous people, as well as poverty in Latin America, which is rising, following years of progress.

In an interview with Melissa Fleming, the UN communications chief, Ms. Bárcena began by explaining that the problem is affecting millions of people in Latin America.

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