ALERT: two street youths murdered in Guatemala City FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 30 Jul 1998 22:55:39 -0700 (PDT)


=46WD  30 July 1998
CC Replies-To: "Ana de Lara - Casa Alianza" <casalnza@sol.racsa.co.cr>


PRESS RELEASE JULY 29TH, 1998.

CASA ALIANZA CALLS ON AUTHORITIES TO INVESTIGATE THE DEATHS OF TWO
STREET YOUTHS IN GUATEMALA CITY.

Casa Alianza is calling upon the appropriate authorities in Guatemala
to immediately  investigate the violent deaths of yet two more street
youths in the country's capital.

=46elipe Leonel Gonz=E1lez Barrios was found dead in an abandoned building
on eighth avenue, zone one of Guatemala City on Tuesday the 28th of
July. He had been hacked to death with a machete.

According to preliminary investigations made by Casa Alianza, Felipe
was killed after witnessing the murder of fellow street youth Oswaldo
Edmundo Vald=E9z Gonz=E1lez, know as Chino Ludvin, just days earlier in
Zone five of the city.

Before his death Felipe said he had seen a man violently beating
Oswaldo in the stomach after Oswald had reportedly tried to steal
money from him. The street youth was then mortally stabbed in the
abdomen.

 According to other street children who were in turn witness to
 Felipe's death he too died after receiving more than 45 machete
 wounds which were allegedly inflicted by a man known to them. The man
 was accompanied by a woman who is reported to have said that Felipe
 was going to denounce them to the authorities and for that reason he
 had to die. Despite his pleas for mercy, Felipe was left to bleed to
 death.

Both adults, reportedly involved in the double homicide, are know to
sell solvents to the street children.

"In the next few weeks the Inter American Commission on Human Rights
is to visit Guatemala to verify the human rights situation there, with
a particular interest in the plight of the street children," commented
Bruce Harris, Executive Director of Casa Alianza Latin America.

"As a society we have to understand, once and for all, that `social
cleansing' is not the correct response to the situation faced by
homeless children," he said.

Apart from these latest deaths, four other street children have been
murdered     so far this year in Guatemala City.

Casa Alianza has 365 cases currently pending within the country's
judicial system involving the murders of street children in Guatemala.
Just 15 cases have been resolved, the others have either been `lost',
`archived' or ignored.


Both Felipe and Oswaldo were former members of Casa Alianza programs.


=46or more information please contact Casa Alianza on + 506 - 253 5439
or Bruce Harris at <bruce@casa-alianza.org>

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