Guatemala is a Central American country south of Mexico. One of the poorest countries in Latin America, Guatemala suffers from a highly unequal distribution of income and widespread poverty. The primarily service-based economy is export-poor. Remittances from Guatemalans living abroad constitute a greater source of foreign income than tourism and exports combined, even with tourism on the rise with the civil war having ended almost 15 years ago. Drug trafficking has become a perennial problem in Guatemala, exacerbated by extraordinary and sometimes brazen instances of corruption. Guatemala is a major transit country for cocaine and heroin, and in 2005, Guatemalan farmers cultivated over 100 hectares of opium poppy. Marijuana is also grown in Guatemala, but mostly for domestic consumption. Guatemala's proximity to Mexico makes it ...

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