Guillermo Galdos is our Latin America Correspondent for Channel 4 News based in Lima, Peru.
He is a producer and cameraman as well, and has spent the last fifteen years making documentaries and producing exclusive news stories from Latin and South America for a range of international broadcasters including Channel 4 News. He has covered human rights abuses, the drug trade, immigration and exposed police corruption and the human trafficking industry.
His exclusive story in 2009 for Channel 4 News about a woman who escaped the clutches of a brutal Mexican gang (reported by Nick Martin) won the Foreign Press Association award that year.
His documentaries have been shown at film festivals across the world and in 2006 a three part series he produced for Channel 4, Cocaine, was nominated for a Bafta.
Peru locked down hard and early, but now it’s battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with their president declaring it “a war”.
This selfless grandmother is feeding hundreds of poor and sick neighbours in Covid-struck Peru.
Peru now has the fifth highest number of cases worldwide despite having a population of only 30 million, with poverty and crowded food markets blamed for fuelling the spread of the virus.
Colombia acted swiftly to lock down early and yet cases there keep on rising.
The danger to indigenous people is not limited to Brazil. Guillermo Galdos has travelled along the Amazon from the Peruvian capital Lima to Shipibo.
We have followed one family who lost their rented flat and livelihoods in the Colombian capital Bogota, and were forced to begin their way home by foot.
In the UK, we are understandably obsessed with quantifying this unfathomable crisis: counting the ventilators, the tests, the infected and of course the dead.
The Foreign Office says it’s “working furiously” to arrange flights.
It was a policy that shocked the world – thousands of children separated from their parents as part of President Trump’s anti immigration crackdown at the US Mexican border.
Once viewed as the success story of Latin American democracy, with a strong economy, in the last few weeks Chile has seen almost daily street protests and a return to police violence unseen since the end of dictatorship three decades ago.
A young indigenous anti-logging activist has been shot dead in the Brazilian Amazon. Paulo Paulino Guajajara’s tribe said he was ambushed by illegal loggers while out hunting. Another tribesman was injured. Both were members of a local group formed to combat the threat of illegal logging gangs pillaging the rainforest. The Brazilian Justice Minister said…
Police in Mexico have been forced to release a man wanted on drugs charges after a huge street battle with cartel gunmen.
While the fires in the Brazilian Amazon have made headlines across the world for the past weeks, in neighbouring Bolivia fires have also been raging.
The Brazilian government has banned most land clearing for 60 days, in an attempt to stop the fires which have devastated parts of the Amazon rainforest.But another drain on natural resources there – and one far less reported – is mining, especially illegal gold mining.
Brazil could potentially accept $22m in aid to fight the Amazon wildfires, but there is a caveat.