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Ecuador says goodbye to Julian Assange
Redacción Plan V
An anti-mining activist will govern a province
Yaku Pérez, an anti-mining activist and Ecuadorian indigenous leader has been part of Andean Peoples organizations
Diana Salazar, the first black attorney general

Correa questioned the appointment of Salazar, he considers her to be biased in favor of his political enemies.

A 37-year-old black young woman is the new Attorney General of Ecuador. There is a great expectation among the people and the political class.
Ecuador: a teenage prostitution ring
Redacción Plan V

The teenagers recruited by gangs from impoverished neighborhoods would go to parties allegedly in exchange for money, alcohol, and gifts.

If this measure is approved, Ecuador would join countries like Mexico and Argentina where same-sex marriage is legally performed.

Ecuador is debating Marriage Equality
Redacción Plan V

Photo: Chase Fletcher


Quito: the city that does not love dogs
Juan Carlos Calderón Vivanco
Hernán Salgado: Ecuador can´t go on with the current state of the justice system
Juan Carlos Calderón Vivanco
Isla Trinitaria: wounds four years after a brutal eviction
On March 27 of 2015, one of the most violent evictions took place, 40 families were dislodged by the administration of Rafael Correa with a zero-tolerance policy against land invasions.

More than 50% of the irregular settlements in Ecuador are in Guayaquil, the main Port in the country, one of these places is Isla Trinitaria. It is an unprivileged sector located in the south of the city hit by marginality and extreme poverty. Its population is mostly afro-descendants, they settled on this Island where land dealers offered them a place to live without a legal backup. The Island, an old landfilling, is the home of

The decorticator removes the excess water of the abaca. But, a fiber of abaca could become a razor. Many have been mutilated in this process. Workers have not been provided with the appropriate tools.


Abaca: modern slavery in the Ecuadorian fields
Abaca or Manila Hemp is considered one of the fibers of the future. After the Philipines, Ecuador is the second world producer of this raw material, only in 2018, Ecuador exported 7.233 tons to the United States, Europe, and Asia for the amount of 17,2 million dollars. But at the fields of the company Furukawa, located in the Ecuadorian coast, men, women, and children produce abaca on precarious conditions. 105 workers and former workers reject the violation of their working and basic rights. The manager of the company defended himself.

The mortal machine
In Ecuador, it is common to call ‘mochos’ to people who are missing a limb as a result of an accident. At Furukawa Plantations C.A. Of Ecuador´s farms, there are many abaca workers who have been mutilated while working. "Mocha leg, mocha hand", they say. It is their way to explain the danger they face when processing the abaca without safety measures, appropriate instruments and protection for such a high-risk job.