Special Reports

December 14, 2009 10:15 PM

Money flows home to poor countries

SAN MIGUEL DUENAS, Guatemala | Maria Asuncion Otzin, called “Mama Chon,” nurtures her sick birds. She believes her neighbors poisoned them because they wanted some of the money her daughter sent home from her job in America. Otzin’s daughter, who entered the United States illegally, sends money to supplement her parents’ income from selling firewood and chocolate- covered fruits. But because Otzin wouldn’t share it with neighbors, she says, they killed her pig and some of her chickens and poisoned her pet birds.

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