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Devastation in Mexico and Puerto Rico afflicts the human family

Mexico, Puerto Rico

On September 19th and 20th, the world witnessed natural disasters that marked the history of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands. 

The number of disasters and lives lost has shocked humanity, and despite the current tension of climate, chaos, and pain in the affected countries, there are many signs of support from the different nations, as well as donations and rescue teams.

The Global Embassy of Activist for Peace expresses its solidarity with Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands, and promotes a message of encouragement, strength and hope, emphasizing that "if a portion of the human family is hurt, everyone else hurts with them.”

The most devastating earthquake in three decades

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According to the Richter scale, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, the 19th. According to the National Civil Protection Department, the number of fatalities rose to 305 this Saturday; collectively, thousands injured and dozens of destroyed buildings were registered.

The day of the event, Mexico was observing the 32nd anniversary of the great earthquake that left thousands dead (1985). The country was hit by two earthquakes this September; the first recorded on Thursday the 7th in the southern area, with a magnitude of 8.1, which left at least 90 people dead.

Five days later the search and rescue of the people trapped in the rubble continues; citizens have joined in these tasks, supporting rescuers and providing food and water.

The most catastrophic storm of the century.

That is how the passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico is considered; the eye of the storm, that reached a category 5 (maximum potency), hit the island on Wednesday, the 20th with estimated maximum winds of 257 kilometers (160 miles) per hour.

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According to data from the Governor Ricardo Rossello’s office, at least 10 people have died and some 700 have been rescued; the country's electrical system was destroyed, thousands of homes were affected and the vegetation was devastated.
 
The island remains on red alert due to the threat of sudden floods; more than 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in the northwest of the island due to damages in a dam with risk of collapsing. The United States has declared the territory a "disaster zone".
 
  • Despite the tragedies and the great destruction, the spirit of the Mexicans and Puerto Ricans has not weakened; the government and citizens of each nation have united to rise with hope and the will to move forward.

The youth rebuilding peace: Mexico canta y no llores

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As an initiative of peace and solidarity for those affected by the earthquake in Mexico on the 19th, the GEAP and the Tizayuquense Institute of Youth 2016-2020, performed the symphonic concert: Youth rebuilding peace: Mexico canta y no llores. The entrance per person was a non-perishable food item.
 
The event was held this Friday the 22nd, at the Municipal Esplanade of the Center of Tizayuca. The young musicians of the GEAP and the Instituto Tizayuquense promoted music as a universal language for unification, this time with the objective of helping the Mexican comrades.

885 essentials were collected at the concert.

This work is the result of a youth movement that has gained momentum in the country this year, which aims to form integral leaders, young people who transform society through planning, carrying out actions, campaigns, and strategies aimed at strengthening the justice, peace, and happiness of the human family.

Watch here: Encounter of Youth Leaders for Peace Impacts Mexico: Initiatives of Peace and Development.

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access_time Saturday, September 23, 2017