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Dan Collyns

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About Dan
Dan Collyns is a multi-media journalist based in Lima, Peru, covering Latin America. His text, TV and radio reports have been widely published in The Guardian, on CCTV America and the BBC, among others. He focuses on politics, press freedom, human rights and environmental issues but reports on almost everything else. His company Yachay Productions (www.yachayproductions.com) specialises in short or long-form  audio-video reports and production for international news outlets.
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Haiti’s economy hit hard by political instability

Hundreds of thousands displaced in Haiti

27 Mar 2024  |  america.cgtn.com
More than 360,000 Haitians have been displaced within their country due to violence and chaos in Port-au-Prince, according to the UN. Those with financial means are fleeing the country, while others are struggling to survive. The report comes from Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti.

Gang violence, hunger paralyzes Haiti

21 Mar 2024  |  america.cgtn.com
Haiti is engulfed in gang violence, and Caribbean leaders announced that the key transitional council, responsible for selecting an interim leader for Haiti, is nearly complete. Concurrently, many Haitians are facing hunger due to the ongoing instability in the country.

Haitians face exclusion at the Dominican Republic border

18 Mar 2024  |  america.cgtn.com
Tensions escalate between the Dominican Republic and Haiti as the worsening humanitarian crisis compels thousands of Haitians to cross the border in search of safety from violence and hunger. The situation at the border, particularly in Dajabón, highlights the severe challenges faced by Haitians and the growing strain on Dominican Republic resources.

Armed gangs and prison breaks: how Ecuador was plunged into chaos and bloodshed

10 Jan 2024  |  the Guardian
Ecuador has experienced a dramatic surge in violence and crime, primarily driven by drug trafficking and gang activities. President Daniel Noboa has declared a state of 'internal armed conflict' and authorized the military to combat drug trafficking gangs. The situation escalated following the prison escape of notorious gang leaders Adolfo Macías and Fabricio Colón, leading to widespread attacks and chaos. The violence has been exacerbated by competition among local gangs, influenced by Mexican and Balkan cartels. The Ecuadorian state is now facing significant challenges in restoring order and security.

Armed gang storms Ecuador TV station as state of ‘internal armed conflict’ declared

09 Jan 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
An armed gang stormed the TC Televisión network in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during a live broadcast, leading to the arrest of the gunmen by police special forces. President Daniel Noboa declared a state of 'internal armed conflict' as criminal groups launched attacks across Ecuador, including violence in prisons and the escape of gang leader Adolfo Macías. Peru declared an emergency along its border with Ecuador. Noboa designated 20 drug trafficking gangs as terrorist groups and authorized military action against them. The president also declared a state of emergency to regain control of prisons and plans a referendum on crime-fighting measures.

Ecuador enacts State of Emergency

09 Jan 2024  |  america.cgtn.com
Ecuador's president has declared a state of internal armed conflict following an armed gang's attack on a TV station, which occurred a day after a general state of emergency was declared due to the prison escape of a dangerous gang leader. All gunmen involved in the TV station attack have been arrested, according to the police commander.

Former Peruvian president released from jail

08 Dec 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru, was released from jail on Wednesday following a humanitarian pardon granted by the country's highest court, despite attempts to block the pardon.

International court urges Peru not to release ex-president Fujimori from jail

06 Dec 2023  |  the Guardian
Peru's constitutional court has ordered the release of former president Alberto Fujimori, who has been serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has urged Peru to refrain from executing this order, citing international law. Fujimori's legacy remains divisive, with supporters praising his economic reforms and opponents condemning his authoritarian rule. The decision now lies with President Dina Boluarte's government, which faces its own human rights accusations. The outcome will test Peru's commitment to international norms amid political pressure from a powerful congressional coalition.

Ecuador swears in new president

24 Nov 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Daniel Noboa, at 35, was sworn in as Ecuador's youngest-ever president in Quito, facing challenges such as a troubled economy and rising violent crime.

Ecuador swears in new president

23 Nov 2023  |  america.cgtn.com
Daniel Noboa, at 35, was sworn in as Ecuador's youngest-ever president in Quito, following his victory last month. He faces significant challenges, including a troubled economy and rising violent crime.

Peru to assume the rotating leadership of APEC

04 Nov 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Peru is set to take on the year-long rotating leadership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at the end of November 2023. The country views this opportunity as a means to bolster its struggling economy and will host the annual meeting of APEC's 21 members the following year.

Ecuador declares state of emergency amid prison crisis over disappearance of 'narco' boss

31 Oct 2023  |  elDiario.es
Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following the disappearance of Adolfo Macías, a notorious drug trafficker, from a Guayaquil prison. President Daniel Noboa announced the emergency measures, emphasizing a crackdown on organized crime. The escape has led to hostage situations in multiple prisons, with guards being held by gang members. The government is investigating the incident as a potential prison break, with two officials detained as suspects. The crisis highlights ongoing issues with violence and organized crime in Ecuador, exacerbated by the influence of gangs like Los Choneros and their connections to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Ecuador declared a state of emergency amid a prison crisis due to the disappearance of a drug lord

30 Oct 2023  |  www.eldiarioar.com
Ecuador declared a state of emergency following the disappearance of Adolfo Macías, a notorious drug lord, from a Guayaquil prison. President Daniel Noboa announced a 60-day state of exception and instructed the military and police to take action. The crisis has seen prison guards taken hostage amid widespread prison unrest. Authorities are investigating the escape, with two officials detained as suspects. The incident underscores the ongoing struggle against organized crime in Ecuador, with Los Choneros, linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, at the center of the violence.

Peruvian singer finally takes her place among all-time greats

29 Oct 2023  |  www.theguardian.com
Lucha Reyes, known as Peru's Golden Black Woman, is being celebrated 50 years after her death for her contributions to música criolla and her influence on Afro-Peruvian women. Peru's culture ministry posthumously recognized her, and a Madrid-based record label released a collection of her songs. Despite a difficult life marked by poverty, abuse, and health issues, Reyes became a beloved figure in Peru, comparable to Edith Piaf. Her legacy continues to inspire, including within Peru's LGBTQ community, and efforts are being made to give her global recognition.

Ecuador ‘at war’ with drug gangs, says president as violence continues

25 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Ecuador is experiencing a severe wave of violence attributed to drug gangs, leading President Daniel Noboa to declare a state of emergency and designate gangs as terrorist groups. The violence includes hostage situations, attacks on police, and public fear, prompting military action and international concern. Noboa's plans to build high-security prisons and deport foreign prisoners aim to curb the crisis, while neighboring countries like Peru and Colombia are increasing border security in response.

Daniel Noboa comes out on top of Ecuador’s presidential election

18 Oct 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Businessman Daniel Noboa has won Ecuador's presidential election with about 52 percent of the vote, narrowly defeating leftist lawyer Luisa González.

Banana fortune heir Daniel Noboa wins Ecuador presidential election

16 Oct 2023  |  the Guardian
Daniel Noboa, heir to a banana fortune, won Ecuador's presidential election, becoming the youngest president at 35. Noboa secured 52.29% of the vote against leftist lawyer Luisa González's 47.71%. Noboa's campaign focused on tackling violent crime, creating jobs, and attracting foreign investment. The election occurred amid a surge in violent crime linked to drug trafficking. Noboa will govern for 17 months, completing the term of outgoing president Guillermo Lasso. The campaign was marked by significant violence, including the assassination of anti-corruption candidate Fernando Villavicencio.

‘People are dying in the street’: Ecuador election overshadowed by violent crime

15 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Ecuador faces a critical presidential election amid escalating violent crime and drug trafficking. The candidates, Daniel Noboa and Luisa González, propose militarizing ports and airports to combat drug trafficking. The assassination of anti-corruption candidate Fernando Villavicencio and the rise in murders, particularly in Guayaquil, underscore the nation's descent into violence. Criminal gangs, including Los Choneros and Mexican cartels, exert significant influence, complicating efforts by the government and law enforcement. The article highlights the pervasive fear and instability affecting daily life in Ecuador.

Armed gangs and prison breaks: how Ecuador was plunged into chaos and bloodshed

10 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Ecuador is experiencing a severe security crisis marked by a surge in drug trafficking-related violence and prison breaks. President Daniel Noboa has declared a state of 'internal armed conflict' and authorized the military to combat crime factions. The escape of notorious gang leaders Adolfo Macías and Fabricio Colón has exacerbated the situation, leading to widespread violence and fear among citizens. The country's strategic position and poor security controls have made it a hub for cocaine trafficking, further fueling the violence. The government's response includes plans to militarize prisons and construct maximum security facilities, drawing inspiration from El Salvador's approach.

I’m not afraid: Ecuador’s assassinated presidential candidate who fought the cartels

07 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Ecuador is grappling with the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, a staunch anti-corruption journalist who fought against drug cartels. His death highlights the country's escalating violence and political instability, drawing comparisons to Colombia's past. The Ecuadorian government has arrested six foreign suspects linked to organized crime. Villavicencio's supporters and colleagues vow to continue his fight against corruption. The article underscores the deep penetration of drug cartels into Ecuadorian politics and security forces, with calls for international assistance to address the crisis.

Paddington in Peru films in Colombia – sparking row over legislation in Peru

05 Oct 2023  |  theguardian.com
A proposed legislation by rightwing lawmaker Adriana Tudela to revitalize Peru's film industry by capping state subsidies has sparked outrage among Peruvian filmmakers for potentially harming Indigenous and regional cinema. The bill is seen as an attack on cultural diversity and has been dismissed by Peru's Ministry of Culture as unviable. Filmmakers argue that government support is crucial for maintaining cultural identity and point to the success of Indigenous films such as Retablo and Wiñaypacha. The controversy arose after the British comedy Paddington in Peru chose Colombia for filming due to Peru's bureaucratic barriers, despite the movie's narrative returning to Peru.

Ecuador, from 'island of peace' to a country dominated by violence: 'We had never seen this'

03 Oct 2023  |  www.eldiarioar.com
Ecuador has experienced a rapid and severe decline in public safety, becoming one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America due to narcotrafficking-related violence. President Daniel Noboa has declared a state of 'internal armed conflict,' authorizing the military to combat criminal gangs. The recent escape of notorious criminals has exacerbated the violence, leading to widespread fear among Ecuadorians. The government's hardline measures, inspired by El Salvador's approach, aim to regain control but have also led to increased criminal activity. The situation has driven many Ecuadorians to flee the country, seeking safety elsewhere.

Armed Gang Storms Ecuador TV Station as State of ‘Internal Armed Conflict’ Declared

03 Oct 2023  |  www.rsn.org
Heavily armed gangsters stormed the TC Televisión studio in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during a live broadcast, leading President Daniel Noboa to declare a state of 'internal armed conflict.' Police arrested 13 gunmen, and the incident is part of a broader wave of violence linked to organized crime and prison unrest. Noboa has designated 20 drug trafficking gangs as terrorist groups and authorized military action. The violence follows the escape of gang leader Adolfo Macías, prompting a state of emergency and increased security measures, including a proposed referendum to strengthen crime-fighting laws.

‘We should treat it as a war’: Ecuador’s descent into drug gang violence

12 Sep 2023  |  the Guardian
Ecuador is grappling with escalating violence driven by drug gangs, with the port city of Guayaquil becoming a hotspot for disappearances and gangland killings. The country is facing a surge in violent deaths, with 4,600 reported in 2022 and 3,568 in the first half of 2023. The upcoming presidential runoff between Luisa González and Daniel Noboa highlights the political stakes, as both candidates promise to tackle the narco-terrorism crisis. The United Nations has called for urgent action to address poverty, which is fueling gang recruitment and driving mass emigration. The situation remains dire, with the police and armed forces struggling to combat the powerful drug cartels.

Ecuador’s presidential election to go to runoff in October

23 Aug 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Ecuador's presidential election did not yield a clear winner, leading to a runoff in October. The runoff will feature Luisa Gonzalez, a leftist and protege of former president Rafael Correa, against Daniel Noboa, a conservative businessman and son of one of Ecuador's wealthiest individuals. The first round of voting saw Gonzalez and Noboa finishing in first and second place, respectively.

Ally of former leftist Ecuador president to face tycoon’s son in runoff election

21 Aug 2023  |  the Guardian
Luisa González, a protege of former president Rafael Correa, and Daniel Noboa, son of a wealthy businessman, will face off in Ecuador's presidential runoff election in October. The first round of voting did not produce a clear winner, with González leading with over 33% and Noboa at 24%. The election has been marked by political violence, including the assassination of candidate Fernando Villavicencio. González is seen as Correa's successor, while Noboa represents business interests. The election saw high voter turnout amid rising crime and economic challenges, with significant security measures in place. Cyber-attacks targeted the electronic voting system for expatriates but did not affect the vote count.

Ecuadorians vote to halt oil drilling in biodiverse Amazonian national park

21 Aug 2023  |  the Guardian
Ecuadorians have voted in a referendum to prohibit new oil wells in the Yasuní National Park, preserving the region's biodiversity and Indigenous communities. With over 58% in favor, the decision prevents the extraction of approximately 726 million barrels of oil. The referendum also resulted in a ban on gold mining in the Chocó Andino near Quito. Indigenous leaders and activists celebrated the outcome as a victory for nature and climate action. The state oil company, Petroecuador, will be significantly impacted, as it must cease operations and remove infrastructure within a year. This event marks a significant stance by Ecuador against resource extraction for environmental protection.

Rafael Correa protégé and centrist to contest Ecuador election run-off

21 Aug 2023  |  The Irish Times
Luisa González, a leftwing candidate loyal to former president Rafael Correa, and centrist Daniel Noboa will face off in the second round of Ecuador's presidential election. The election, marked by a security crisis following the assassination of candidate Fernando Villavicencio, highlights the country's struggle with violence and economic challenges. González leads with 33% of the votes, while Noboa follows with 23%. The run-off will focus on contrasting economic models, with González representing 'Correismo' and Noboa advocating for market openness. The election also saw significant support for Correa's Citizens’ Revolution party in the legislature and approval of referendums to halt oil drilling and mining in sensitive areas.

Ecuador elections under the cloud of assassinations, shoot-outs

20 Aug 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
Ecuadorians are voting for a new president amid heightened tensions following the assassination of a presidential candidate less than two weeks before the election. Eight candidates have committed to enhancing security and combating crime in response to a surge in drug cartel violence in the country. Dan Collyns reports from Quito.

Ecuador prepares for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ vote to stop oil drilling

19 Aug 2023  |  Yahoo Sports
Ecuadorians face a critical referendum to decide on halting oil drilling in the Yasuní ITT oilfield, located in a biodiverse Amazon national park and home to Indigenous communities. Amidst economic challenges and a recent presidential candidate assassination, the vote also includes a local referendum in Quito on mining. The country's reliance on oil has been questioned, with activists and Indigenous leaders advocating for a transition to sustainable practices. The outcome could influence Ecuador's environmental and economic future.

Ecuador prepares for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ vote to stop oil drilling

19 Aug 2023  |  theguardian.com
Ecuador faces a critical referendum to halt oil drilling in the biodiverse Yasuní National Park, home to the Waorani people and other indigenous communities. Amid economic challenges and a recent credit downgrade by Fitch, the vote represents a conflict between environmental conservation and the country's reliance on oil revenue. Indigenous leaders and activists, such as Nemonte Nenquimo and Patricia Gualinga, advocate for a 'yes' vote to protect the environment and transition away from fossil fuels. The country has a history of oil spills, including a protracted legal battle with Chevron, and indigenous communities have suffered from poverty and environmental degradation despite oil wealth.

Retired dancer makes ballet affordable in Peru

18 Aug 2023  |  newsus.cgtn.com
In Lima, Peru, a retired dancer is working to make ballet accessible to girls from families who cannot afford classes and to those who were previously considered unable to dance.

Ecuador’s assassinated presidential candidate who fought the cartels

13 Aug 2023  |  www.theguardian.com
Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, known for his fight against drug cartels and corruption, was assassinated, marking the country's first political assassination. The incident has raised concerns about the influence of organized crime in politics and the government's ability to protect its citizens. Ecuador's homicide rate has increased significantly, drawing comparisons to Colombia in the 1980s. Villavicencio, a former journalist and whistleblower, had made enemies in various sectors, including drug gangs and the public sector. The US has criticized Ecuador's judiciary for corruption, and the country is at risk of becoming a narco-state. The upcoming election presents challenges for the next administration to address the security crisis with international support.

Peru's royal pedigree: direct descendants trace roots to Incan emperor and kin

25 Oct 2016  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the efforts of Dutch historian Ronald Elward and Peruvian geneticist Ricardo Fujita to trace the noble Inca bloodlines to the modern descendants of Atahualpa and his kin in Peru. Elward has examined historical records and public documents in Cusco to identify 25 royal Inca families and their descendants. Fujita, with support from National Geographic's Genographic Project, has found genetic links between individuals claiming descent from Huayna Capac and indigenous populations near Lake Titicaca. The research aims to reconstruct the history of the Inca people, which has not been recorded in writing but is believed to be preserved in the DNA of their descendants. The article also touches on the cultural pride of the Inca descendants and the resurgence of interest in the Quechua language and heritage.

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