Cursed or unlucky? Villagers must flee again, this time from a volcano

2018 Fuego volcano disaster
Juan Ortiz stands on about 6 feet of volcanic debris. Behind him, the second story of a house is visible. He hopes to recover the remains of his son and other relatives.
(James Rodriguez / For The Times)

An indigenous community survived Guatemala’s civil war. But a volcanic eruption is forcing them out of a town that had symbolized their resilience and grit.


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Cindy Carcamo covers immigration issues for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was Arizona bureau chief and a national correspondent for The Times, focusing on border and immigration issues in the Southwest. A Los Angeles native, she has reported in Argentina and Mexico during her time as an Inter American Press Assn. scholar and as a reporter for the Orange County Register. She’s also reported from Guatemala and Honduras where her coverage was part of a team Overseas Press Club Award. She is also the recipient of the French-American Foundation’s 2012 Immigration Journalism Award and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Journalism and 2011 Livingston Award.