International Day for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 15:28

After a year in which our country saw loss of lives and homes to flooding and earthquake – and an increase in people taking action to prevent disaster – Guatemala’s commemoration of international disaster risk reduction day drew big crowds. 

Under the banner of “Disability is not inability”, the festival this year celebrated the resilience of people with different capacities.

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More than 5000 people – including art groups of children and adults with disabilities – filled Central Park and the National Museum of Culture in Guatemala City. Staffs from ActionAid and our partner organisations were proud to take part:

Shaking hands with a giant duck in a mining hat was a special moment, but my highlight was hosting a huge game of “Riesgolandia” or “Riskland.

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Girls and boys, women and men went home with shopping bags, pens, t-shirts and flyers carrying life-saving messages about reducing risk of disasters and a smile on their faces.

Other events included Guatemala’s second 10 kilometer “race for risk reduction” organized by the Step Up initiative.

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The annual commemoration is organised by Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) and its importance is marked by a national holiday.

Among the festival-goers were Ministers, senior Government officials, diplomats, donors, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.

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