Hellen Nanez visits the graves of relatives lost to COVID in a cemetery in the Pacific port of Cisco, Peru.via REUTERS TV.
Hellen a ez has suffered enough tragedy for a lifetime.The Peruvian 28-year-old mother has mourned the death of 13 close relatives since the pandemic happened last year: uncles, cousins, a grandfather.Now her dad is fighting for his life.
On a recent day visited a dusty grave in the Pacific port of Pisco, which is a ez, the graves of relatives lost to COVID 19.
The truth is, I don't have any more tears, said Ms ez, who dropped out of psychology to work and help pay her father's medical bills.That is going to take away all of our family.It's taking away our dreams, our tranquility and stability.
The story of the z is a grim reflection of the tragedy unfolding in Mexico, a politically volatile but resource rich region of almost 650 million people stretching from Mexico to the South Poles of Chile and Argentina.
The region has recorded 935,248 global fatalities, a Reuters tally shows some 28% of the coronavirus death toll.It is expected to hit the 1 million mark this month, making it the second region in Europe to follow on.
With unsustainable government resources and low populace, Latin American nations were largely financial - it has stalled; underfunded healthcare systems have strained and inoculation programs have stalled.
Regional leaders from Argentina's Alberto Fernandez to Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and Mexico's Manuel L pez Obrador have come under fire for their handling of the pandemic, while a string of health ministers have been fired.
We Peruvians are dying, Mr President.We are dying every day, told Reuters, Miriam Mota, a relative of a human coronavirus patient in Lima, beseeching the country's leader Francisco Sagasti, to do more to help bring the crisis under control.
There are no vaccines in the world.There are no intensive care beds to be used.There is no medicine.Please help humanity if you can, please!
Peru has confirmed 1.85 million COVID 19 cases and some 64,000 deaths, but the toll could be three times more than in reality, experts say.The national death register of the nation has linked to the virus 171,000 deaths.
The crisis of Latin America has been driven by the regional juggernaut Brazil, which has followed the most deaths worldwide after the United States and where right-wing president Bolsonaro has long backed down lockdown measures and railed against unproven cures.
The emergence of virus mutations in the country, including the more transmissible P 1 variant, has been linked to the severity of Brazil's outbreak.It has also driven surges in infections in neighboring countries, including Uruguay and Bolivia.
Now, there are signs that the pandemic, which has scarred through the regional economies and driven up poverty, will have a longer-term ripple effect, driving unrest, rattling industries and driving voters at the polls.
Colombia has been roiled by deadly protests over a now-police fiscal cut and poverty, Peru is moving towards a sharp tax hike on copper miners, the polarized presidential election race is being led by a socialist teacher who is a political outsider.
The people are burned in the United States and are obviously tired of everything that has happened lately, says Paula Velez, in front of a burned police station in Colombia's capital Bogotá to respond to the protests.
Public health experts say Latin America has suffered an outsized hit from the pandemic, both in terms of health and growth, rattling fragile economies with high debt levels and informal inequality, where many people work in less secure jobs.
Unlike Europe or Asia, North America, the region has also lacked high-tech infrastructure to develop or manufacture vaccines quickly.
A deal to produce the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccine by companies in Mexico and Argentina has stalled by manufacturing hold-ups, and many Latin American countries are dependent on insufficient supplies of Chinese and Russian vaccines.
A cottage industry has developed for wealthier Latin Americans to travel to Florida and Texas to get their shots.But for the less wealthy, this is not an option.
For a year and a half I have been looking for work and I can't wait for my vaccines, said the city resident Marco Antonio Pinto, who like others in Rio de Janeiro was disappointed last week when an immunization center quickly ran out of vaccines.
They play with the people, and think that we are animals.We aren't being humans: we are animals.We pay taxes.We pay everything, he said.
A ez is now fighting for the life of her father, who has been in the intensive care unit of a hospital for more than two weeks, receiving medicine to reduce the ravages of disease, and on a mechanical respirator.
Herso, who has a two-year-old child, has turned to making soap at home and selling it in the street or in shops in Pisco, a coastal town situated among arid desert landscapes.
She said her bank loans had run dry and the family had incurred a huge debt of some 100,000 soles to buy medicine, medical oxygen and funeral costs.Although the hope was low, she was determined to battle for her dad.
I'm not going to lose him, but what I have in mind.I don't want to lose anyone else.My dad can't leave me, a ez said outside the hospital where she’s come to check on the health of her father who is in a coma.
I have been standing now in front of the hospital for 17 days and I know that he is going to make it.I do not think that life can be so unfair if it has taken from me and now wants to take away my father too.