Outside Guatemala City, especially in rural areas of Guatemala, a diet of corn, beans, and a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is standard. Chicken and rice dishes are also common. Even so, Guatemala has the highest rate of malnourished children in the Western Hemisphere, even higher than Haiti, the region's poorest country.
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Currently, more than 56% of the population in Guatemala lives in poverty and 21% in extreme poverty. The most affected groups are indigenous population, women, children and youths, especially in rural
areas. Indigenous women such as depicted here represent 20.5% of the population from which 77.8% live in poverty. Malnutrition, poverty and child mortality indicators are the highest in Latin America; only 17% of people can afford their basic needs.
These Guatemalan boys are likely cutting school on a Thursday market day to engage in the worldwide interest in video games. Guatemala literacy is not only below average in Latin America, it is far lower. Six years of education is compulsory in Guatemala though not completely enforced. The average length of time in school at 3.5 years. Government statistics indicate that Primary enrollment is 89.2%; Secondary 29% and High School 17.4%.