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Guatemala’s protest against domestic violence

A human chain of 12,000 people scaling a volcano is certainly one way to create awareness.

According to the BBC, thousands of people climbed Guatemala’s Volcán de Agua on Jan. 21 in protest of domestic violence, making what they hope is the world’s largest human chain. Prensa Libre notes that the volcano towers more than 12,300 feet above sea level (3,765 meters), and when marchers reached the inactive crater, they laid down a giant blanket with the symbol of a heart and formed a line of people that spelled out “2012.”

MSNBC reports that the event wasn’t just protesters alone, either; new Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina participated in the “Walk for Life.” He and Vice President Roxana Baldetti dropped in by helicopter, bringing a Guatemalan flag to the crater and promising to continue fighting crime in the violence-riddled country, according to Agence France Presse.

Read more at Huffington Post.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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