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Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Argentine Artist Allegedly Murdered by Irishman

This is a developing story: The following information was forwarded to LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com by an anonoymous source. (non-edited)

“As reported today in FB Vilcabamba Community. Alejandro Francia was an young Argentinian artist who did a lot of creative work here in Vilcabamba. This place is really attracting a lot of sociopaths …. have no idea why. The police did nothing after this guy had stabbed the Canadian woman. What a tragedy.

folow-up post; Apparently, Alejandro was instrumental in getting the stabber kicked out of his last hostel. So, he moved into Alejandro’s hotel las Ruinas de Quinara, in the room next door and started threatening him to the point the owners would escort Alejandro to his room. Why no one did anything more is beyond me. Weird legal system here…
Last night they heard Alejandro scream and ran up to find the Irish, non plussed over Alejandro’s body.”

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Apparently the alleged assailant from Ireland was taken into custody. He was also detained several months ago and released for attacking a Canadian tourist with a knife.Here is the report from the victim in that story from Latiamericacurrentevents.com/.

ATTEMPTED MURDER / ASSAULT WITH A SWITCHBLADE

This first hand account of an alleged brutal attack on a tourist from Canada by another tourist from Northern Ireland is shared in the victims own words.

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“I am Sheryl MacDonald, a Canadian female tourist. I have been in Vilcabamba since mid November.
On Friday December 22, 2017 at approximately 12:10 pm, I was viciously attacked with a 6-inch (15 cm) hooked switchblade in a local guest house by a male tourist from Northern Ireland, staying in the same place.

The attacker appears to have been delusional and in a
psychotic break from reality during this crime. My education is in police studies, psychology and
deviant behavior. I worked for a law enforcement agency for 22 years. I am also an addictions
counsellor and have experience working with many clients with addictions and concurrent
mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Excessive use of marijuana is highly correlated to the onset of schizophrenia.
The perpetrator ALWYN PETER MILLEN is Caucasion, around 40 years old with sandy colored
thinning hair brushed back over the top. The back of his hair flips out and covers his neck. He was clean-shaven at the time. He is around 5 feet 6 inches tall (168 cm) and weighs
approximately 150 pounds (68 kg). Millen has blue or light colored eyes. He presents as very
friendly, chatty and personable. He speaks with an Irish accent and is quite fluent in Spanish.
He has a really cute tiny 8 week old black puppy with white paws called Snoopy.
Millen’s first stay at the guest house near the end of November was only a few days. It was
uneventful except for the very dark satanic recordings he listened to on another guest’s
computer with his Bible next to him. Millen was pleasant to me and willingly shared with me
some of his troubled life story on the day he arrived at the guest house. Although he was not
longer addicted to other drugs, he had been using marijuana excessively and was trying to
wean from that.

Over the course of Millen’s second stay at the guest house the week before Christmas, there
was evidence that he may be troubled. He began more frequently making references to guests
about satan, the antichrist, the beast, 666 and killing.
Other guests and I noticed that Millen did not seem to have any food for himself or the little
puppy someone had just given him. The other guests offered him their eggs and he also ate my
eggs. In addition, I offered Millen some supper one night after noticing he had not eaten. He
accepted taking it into his room. However the next morning, when the guest that had offered
Millen some eggs was making coffee, Millen accused that guest and me of poisoning him and
his dog and stated that he would kill us. The guest reported the matter and Millen was going to
be asked to leave the guest house. When I was told of the threat, I stated that I thought Millen
was having a psychotic episode.

Later that day around noon when I was preparing to leave Vilcabamba for Christmas, Millen put
the puppy in his room and sat calmly with his knife on the couch waiting for me to be alone in
the house. It was obvious the attack was pre-meditated. I came downstairs to pack my food.
Millen spoke calmly to me asking if I was leaving. I confirmed this and had my back to him when
he severely slashed my left arm twice down into the muscle tissue just missing the braccheal
artery. The first cut is across the bicep and the second one across the tricep. The knife was so
sharp I did not realize until after the second cut that I had been slashed. Millen then stepped
back around the couch and kept pointing the knife at me. I was screaming to get attention and
trying to figure out how to escape. Millen told me he was going to kill me as he pointed the knife
at me and tried to get closer. He had a crazed look in his eyes like someone who is having a
psychotic episode. I had seen that look before when dealing with addicts who had paranoid
schizophrenia.

As people heard my screaming and rushed into the house, I yelled that Millen had a switchblade
and that he had slashed my arm. I then ran out of the house from another exit and was assisted
by others with a tourniquet and taken to hospital.
Following the attack, Millen sat quietly in the living room of the guest house and began to read a
book as if nothing had happened. He stated to the others minding him that I had poisoned him
so I deserved it. Millen ate breakfast with all of us every day and never showed signs of being ill
from anyone’s food.

UPDATE
Despite the severity of the offence, Millen was released from jail on December 23. He was
spotted back in Vilcabamba after that on numerous occasions with his puppy Snoopy. The
puppy makes it more attractive for people to approach him. It is believed that Millen is currently
living in Vilcabamba and has likely retrieved his switchblade, which the police never found.
MILLEN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS WHEN HE
IS DELUSIONAL AND IN A PARANOID PSYCHOTIC STATE. PERSONS WHO
ARE NOT TRAINED TO IDENTIFY THIS WILL LIKELY NOT RECOGNIZE THE
DANGER.

When people are in a psychotic break from reality, they think their situation is VERY real and
will act out to protect themselves from their perceived danger. There is no convincing them
otherwise or that their dangerous situation is not real. In fact that escalates their paranoia.
Psychotic individuals are not usually aware that they need help.

PHOTOS OF VICTIMS INJURIES REDACTED FOR THIS ARTICLE

POLICE RESPONSE AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
A call to 911 was placed for the police to attend the location. They were told of the gravity of the
situation. Yet the police had not left the police station by the time my taxi went by there on the
way to the hospital. At that time, the police were told again of the serious situation and asked to
go immediately. Their response time from the first call was around 45 minutes, which is
completely unacceptable.
Despite having Spanish speaking persons with me at all times and asking a multitude of times
to provide my statement (denuncia), I was never allowed to give my statement to the police at
the hospital, at the Vilcabamba police station or later that day in Loja at the fiscalia and the two
other places I was sent to. The next day prior to the hearing (audiencia), I again asked to give
my statement at the fiscalia because I had been told it needed to be done within 24 hours of the
offence in order to keep my attacker in jail. I was denied and told it was not necessary. I had
never been allowed to provide a statement to anyone until December 29.

The statement I provided on December 29 at a fiscalia in another location was exactly the first
section of the security alert translated precisely by an Ecuadorian friend. The man typing my
denuncia made several serious errors in it and added information that was never said. He
refused to correct any of the errors despite several requests. I was told to sign the denuncia or
leave the fiscalia. So I signed it with a note above my signature that there were many
inaccuracies in the denuncia. The man told me the fiscalia would call me on Tuesday January 2,
2018.

In addition to having my rights denied to give a statement for a week, I was also denied the right
to have a copy of my hospital report from the police, the court docket used at the Loja fiscalia
and any police reports.

My case should never have been sent to the fiscalia. A contact in the upper echelons of the
Ecuadorian government told me I should have been sent to the Defensoría pública. From what I
understand, the fiscalia is for private civil matters. In cases of personal injury in a private matter,
there is no jail time if the injuries are expected to heal within 30 days. The person appointed to
represent me (the victim’s case) was determined not to have jurisdiction because the court
appointed doctor who examined my stitched up arm prior to the hearing stated it would heal in
less than 30 days, even though I had internal and external stitches in both slashes. It is now just
over one week after the attack and I still cannot stretch out my arm or put any pressure on it.
Basically the judge at the Loja fiscalia dismissed the case but issued a restraining order (boleta
de auxilio y protección). Individuals in a psychotic state are not concerned with restraining
orders. This method of protection is not effective in this case even if the restraining order had
been written without errors and contained all the conditions dictated by the judge. That was not
the case however, which magnified the uselessness of the restraining order.
Millen would likely still be incarcerated and the public not at risk had my case been handled
properly and had I been allowed to provide my statement right away. It is not known why the
proper process was not followed for what at minimum is a serious physical assault with a
weapon and at maximum is an attempted murder.

I feel like the perpetrator was treated as a victim and I was treated like an accused. He gets out
of jail and gets all his rights met. Conversely I get all my rights denied and am left with two
massive scars across my arm as a constant memory every time I look in the mirror. If I return to
Vilcabamba, I risk being murdered by Millen.

VILCABAMBA, TOURISM AND VIOLENCE
I loved Vilcabamba and was actually considering it as a potential place for me to settle in a
couple of years. However that has changed now that I am aware of the amount of past and
present violent crime in the area and the inability of the authorities and government to respond
in such a way that keeps the community at large secure.
Not only does this make it unattractive for me to return but for other tourists as well. Taxi drivers
and local businesses are suffering these days due to a significant downturn in tourism. Look at
all the expats that have moved away too. The biggest reason they are gone is violent crime and
because of the preference of the authorities to live in denial by hiding these crimes for tourism
purposes. This approach is having the opposite effect. It is pushing people away when they
realize Vilcabamba is not the peaceful loving healing place it purports to be. With two attempted
murders in just over two weeks, you would think that the Ministeros de Turismo and Interior
would be implementing and enforcing safe, just and fair legal processes that are clear and
ensure the proper training of the police, the fiscalia and public defendor staff on how deal with
the victims and perpetrators of violent crimes. But they are not.

I am very sad to say goodbye this way. Thank you to all those in the community (locals and
expats) who befriended me during my stay and who helped me get through this terrifying attack.

I pray that ALWYN PETER MILLEN gets the help he needs before he attacks or murders
someone else while in a delusional psychotic state. He really should have been deported back
to Northern Ireland into the hands of the authorities so that he can get help.

Sheryl MacDonald
Survivor

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UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THIS EMAIL SENT TO THE VICTIM FROM CANADIAN AUTHORITIES, THE ACCUSED ASSAILANT HAS BEEN DETAINED:

EMAIL TO THE VICTIM FROM THE CANADIAN EMBASSY:
5th Janurary
“Good morning Ms. MacDonald,

I received an email from Gabriela Suarez, Tourist Welfare Director of the (Ecuadorian) Ministry of Tourism, she confirmed that she has followed up the case with the prosecutor’s office in Loja and the aggressor has been detained for legal proceeding. The people from the Zonal Coordination of the Ministry of Tourism will continue to follow up the case in order that this case.

Regards,

Raquel Bahamonde”

Consular Officer/Agente Consulaire
Embassy of Canada/Ambassade du Canada
raquel.bahamonde@international.gc.ca
Telephone/Téléphone:(5932)245-5499 ext 3653340
Facsimile/Telecopieur: (5932)227-7672
Av. Amazonas N37-29 y Unión Nacional de Periodistas, Edificio Eurocenter, 3 er piso.
Quito, Ecuador

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Manabi, Ecuador: Increase of Leishmaniasis in 2017

SHARP INCREASE IN MANABI PROVINCE NOT JUST LOCALIZED IN RURAL BUT NOW URBAN AREAS Transmitted both by mosquito and sand fly population eldiario.ec (machine translated) The expert also noted that this year soared the number of cases in Manabí, which in 2015 registered 293 infected, while in 2016 totaled 236, however so far in 2017 […]

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One in Ten Ecuadorians Suffer from A Rare Disease, Challenges Medical System

DIAGNOSING AND TREATING RARE DISEASES IN ECUADOR A CHALLENGE FOR THE MEDICAL SYSTEM ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) In Ecuador, more than 400 rare or infrequent diseases have been identified, so called because they have a low incidence, says geneticist Milton Jijón of the Galenix External Consultation Center in Quito. The problem lies in the difficulty of […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: U.S. Citizen Murdered by Gunman on Motorcycle

eluniverso.com reported that a US citizen was murdered by gunfire in south Guayaquil. Authorities identified the victim as 47-year-old David Jusino, who arrived in Ecuador on Saturday morning with his wife and daughters. The victim was shot that evening after playing soccer in Guasmo Sur. He was walking home and was several blocks from his […]

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Ecuador: Band of Home Burglars broken up operating in Four Provinces

GANG CONDUCTING HOME BURGLARIES DISMANTLED – OPERATING IN FOUR PROVINCES OF Pichincha, Azuay, El Oro and Loja During the operation, electrical appliances and cell phones were seized. LAHORA.COM.EC (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Crimes such as illicit association, robbery of people and robberies in homes through the modality of estruche are attributed to a criminal organization disarticulated during an […]

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Ecuador: Government plans to reduce deaths from traffic accidents

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CUT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN HALF IN ECUADOR FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITHIN TWO YEARS LAHORA.COM.EC reported 1,769 people have died in traffic accidents to date in Ecuador during 2017. Today, government officials have committed to lower fatalities by 50% on the roads within the next two years. They announced an […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Criminals Change Robbery Techniques

Many career criminals in Ecuador skillfully follow the U.S. Marine mantra of “adapt, overcome, improvise”. Almost without fail they seem to adjust to most measures by authorities to place criminals in check. For years, I have warned others that if you see two men on a motorcycle and especially without a license plate to up […]

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Ecuador: 39,000 plus individuals living with HIV

elcomercio.com – The International Day of Fight against AIDS is remembered today, December 1, 2017, as every year. In Ecuador , 39 224 people live with this disease, according to the Ministry of Health . In 1984, the first case was reported in the country. According to the Global Burden of Disease study, carried out […]

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Ecuador: Bus Drivers for Inter provincial destinations plan suspension of services today

Elcomercio.com reported bus drivers plan to suspend their activities from 00:00 to 18:00 (INTER-PROVINCIAL) ON Wed. Nov 29, 2017. They plan to protest changes in a land transport law. Those changes include the incorporation to the interprovincial public transport service of vans that carry passengers and parcels. That measure is scheduled to be discussed on […]

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Ecuador: Prosecutor to request former President Correa to be barred from leaving country

eldiario.ec / (machine translated) Geovanni Atarihuana, director of Popular Unity (UP), today presented a request to the General Prosecutor’s Office to resume investigations into four previous complaints against former President Rafael Correa. The objective, newspaper El Comercio reported, is for the Prosecutor’s Office to request precautionary measures against the former president and prohibit him from […]

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HE’S BACK. Former President Rafael Correa arrives in Ecuador, political feud continues with current Pres.

NATIONALPOST.COM reported that former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa returned home Saturday for the first time since leaving office as he gears up for a political fight against his hand-picked successor. A chaotic scene awaited Correa at the arrival terminal of Guayaquil’s airport, where police were called in as dozens of his supporters exchanged insults and […]

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Ecuador: Foreign Residents and Companies Obligated to report Monetary Assets Abroad

New obligation to report monetary assets abroad derechoen140caracteres.com/ registroficial.gob.ec November 20, 2017 by Gustavo Amadoren Tributario (machine translated) The Internal Revenue Service, through Resolution NAC-DGERCGC17-00000566 has established the obligation of natural persons and national or foreign companies resident in Ecuador, to report the monetary assets they maintain in foreign financial institutions, in the following cases: […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Women Ripoff Spa (Video)

  CUENCA ECUADOR – TWO THIEVES IN ACTION Thursday morning October 16th, 2017, two fairly well dressed women enter a spa. Watch how they greet the employee while one of the women distract the clerk and the other pulls a classic ripoff.  Source: La Voz del Tomebamba RELOCATION SERVICES TO ECUADOR – CONTACT JOURNEYMAN JACK

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Samborondón, Ecuador: Burglaries of residences in private communities

eluniverso.com – machine translated Members of the National Police and a private security company inspected the address in Camino del Río where a theft was recorded last Monday. Courtesy The theft of a computer in a house and at least ten attempts to rob in other houses, generated the reaction of the inhabitants of the […]

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Four Mexican Drug Cartels Have Presence in Ecuador

eluniverso.com / (machine translated) The cartels of Mexico conquer the drug trafficking market worldwide. The shipment of substances such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and chemical precursors to 51 countries of the five continents, through alliances with criminals, positions them as the pioneers in monopolizing the routes and conquering their empire in several countries, including Ecuador […]

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Ecuador Corruption Network Exposed for Candidates to Gain Entrance to Police Academy

PROSECUTOR CHARGES NETWORK FOR CHARGING UP TO $13,000 TO GAIN ENTRANCE INTO THE NATIONAL POLICE ACADEMY lahora.com.ec (MACHINE TRANSLATED) The aspiring officers had to pay up to $ 13,000 to this network, according to the Prosecutor’s Office to gain entrance into the national police academy. 11 people, including doctors and other professionals of the National […]

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Carchi, Ecuador: Some interesting modalities of crime

Adapt, overcome, improvise is the famous Mantra of the U.S. Marines. Well, many criminals and criminal organizations seem to have the same phrase in their playbook. Ecuadorian criminals as well as their imported brethren from Colombia and beyond always seem to be changing their game plan.  The following criminal modalities are from an article in […]

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Naranjal, Ecuador: One Ton of Cocaine Seized, hidden under banana plantations

freshplaz.com/eluniverso.com – Ecuador: Authorities seize 1 ton of cocaine hidden underground in banana plantations Ecuador’s National Police and the National Anti-narcotics Directorate, through the Counter-Narcotics Intelligence Unit with European Coordination (UIACE), conducted the 178 Fortaleza Police Operation on the night of November 1, in which they arrested three citizens and seized a ton of cocaine. […]

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Former Expat in Ecuador pleads guilty to Assault Charges in U.S., sentenced to prison

Defendant fled the U.S. and was residing in Cuenca, Ecuador at the time he was detained. North Carolina: morganton.com – A Connelly Springs man who spent two years in Ecuador after firing a weapon into a Burke County home could spend up to 11 years in prison. Dean Allan Yancey, 63, pleaded guilty last week […]

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Disbarred Attorney from U.S. Convicted of plotting to fly cocaine from Ecuador

One of Casey Anthony’s former lawyers was convicted of cocaine trafficking in court on Friday. Drugs were destined for ultimate destination of the United States. dailymail.co.uk / Todd Macaluso was found guilty of an international cocaine distribution conspiracy after plotting to fly a plane-full of the drugs from Ecuador to Honduras, according to the New […]

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Ecuador: Anti-Narcotic Unit Ambushed near Colombia border in San Lorenzo

ELUNIVERSO.COM REPORTED (MACHINE TRANSLATED) With pistol, rifle and even grenade attacks, teams of the Mobile Anti-narcotics Special Group ( GEMA ) were ambushed on Thursday afternoon on the Cadena-Puerto Rico highway, in the border area of San Lorenzo , minutes from Colombia. According to the police report, while carrying out a “sweep” of reconnaissance to […]

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Guayaquil International Airport to Suspend Some Flight Operations Nov. 25, and Dec. 2, 2017

Event/Alert – flight operations in Guayaquil, Ecuador garda.com / alert – Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) will suspend operations between 08:00 (local time) and 17:00 on Saturday, November 25, and Saturday, December 2, in order to perform runway maintenance. Only helicopter operations will be permitted during these maintenance times. Flight disruptions may […]

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Ecuador: Woman Dies after Bee Attack

Pelileo – Eluniverso.com – from internet – machine translated Zoila Caizabanda (59 years old) suffered this Saturday from an attack of bee stings, in her house located in Chimbiato. His daughter, Carmen Caizabanda, witnessed the events. He said that his mother was taken to the hospital of the Garcia Moreno parish, Pelileo canton, Tungurahua province. […]

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Ecuador: Students and adults reported missing near Malqui Machay ruins, found safe

eluniverso.com / Wilson Pinto machine translated Ambato – The warning voice that eighteen people, fourteen students and four adults had gone missing, was given by a family mother after not knowing the whereabouts of her son when they went on an excursion to the ruins of Malqui Machay, between the limits of La Maná and […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Woman cuts man’s face after argument in historic center (video)

Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa detenida pic.twitter.com/RIYJXwgBNA — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) October 25, 2017 Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa […]

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Cotopaxi, Ecuador: 15 cases of sexual abuse reported

lahora.com.ec reported In the province there have been 15 cases of sexual abuse of minors in the provincial prosecution, of which 10 are treated at the Nintinacazo type C Health Center in Cotopaxi. (latacunga) Jorge Rosero, Psychologist from the Latacunga Health District, said that since the beginning of the year to date there have been […]

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Salinas, Ecuador: Expat wakes up to thief trying to break into his residence

FROM POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA, NAME WITHHELD UNEDITED – Hello Salinas Friends, Just wanted to let you know so you can beware. Yesterday a thief climbed up my fence at 3am in San Lorenzo and he was searching for a way in on the backyard, luckily enough they stumbled upon some glass bottles and made […]

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Flu Reports Across Ecuador

ELCOMERCIO.COM – The Ministry of Public Health reports to date(middle of September) in 2017, there have been confirmed 206 reported cases of people with the AH3N2 flu virus. There have been seven reported deaths. Children under five years of age are the most impacted. And, Pichincha Province has had the most cases, with a total […]

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Ecuador: Report, conflict between Shuar tribe and govt. causing psychological damage

Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador theguardian.com / Kimberley Brown reported, battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, […]

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Gualaceo, Ecuador: Water quality problems due to mudslide, using reserve supplies

eltiempo.com.ec / The heavy rains that occurred during this weekend, caused turbidity in the San Francisco River, which caused that about 30,000 inhabitants remained without vital liquid during several hours of yesterday. This situation was caused because the stone material that rested on the river bed will be displaced and will cause turbidity in Capzha […]

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Ecuador: Results of 15 Year Study regarding suicide in Ecuador

ECUADOR RANKS ABOVE REGIONAL AVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS COMMITTING SUICIDE Data about suicide is still scarce in Latin America, especially in smaller countries like Ecuador. In the last 20 years just very few reports have partially described this phenomenon in the country The disease burden of suicide in Ecuador, a 15 years’ geodemographic cross-sectional study (2001–2015) […]

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Ecuador: Group of tourists missing in Amazon for ten days, found alive

elcomercio.com  (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported – A group of tourists lost their way in the sector of the Verdeyacu river , in the Tena canton of Napo province, located in the Amazon of Ecuador . According to ECU 911 , people would have lost about 10 days. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 10:45 am, the […]

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Nine Rescued off of tourist bridge in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Nine people were rescued from the Santay Island Bridge Ecuadortv.ec reported -the Guayaquil Fire Department rescued nine people who were on the bridge between Guayaquil and Santay Island, minutes after a boat collapsed part of the structure. The pedestrians, two of them minors, could not leave the bridge. The rescue team helped them down through […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Fishing Boat Crashes into Tourist Bridge, Collapses

A fishing boat hit this Thursday, October 12 against the wooden bridge of Santay Island, product of the mishap the platform of connection collapsed. According to ECU 911 no injured or deceased persons are reported. The bridge connected Guayaquil with the community of Santay Island. It has an extension of 860 meters in length by […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: What caused the Santay bridge to collapse?

Santay Island Bridge A fishing boat hit this Thursday, October 12 against the wooden bridge of Santay Island, product of the mishap the platform of connection collapsed. According to ECU 911 no injured or deceased persons are reported. The bridge connected Guayaquil with the community of Santay Island. It has an extension of 860 meters […]

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Ecuador: Bus Crash kills mother and daughter in truck on Riobamba-Ambato road(video)

SAFETY, HEALTH, SECURITY IN ECUADOR, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ 1. Hoy, en la vía #Ambato #Riobamba, sector #Mocha, murió madre e hija que se movilizaban en esta camioneta. @mercurioec pic.twitter.com/8Nv4UQK9vz — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) October 10, 2017

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers assault passenger vehicle front of Malecon (Video)

Undated video shows three assailants at will assaulting a passenger vehicle with weapons on the main road in front of the famous tourist attraction Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. SAFETY, HEALTH, SECURITY IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BY ANYONE VISITING OR MOVING TO ECUADOR  

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Urdesa Guayaquil Ecuador: Businessman robbed, murdered in cold blood by motorcyclists

eluniverso.com reported (Machine Translated) Martha Gonzalez lives in central Urdesa 30 years ago and yesterday from the portal of her house saw agents of the Violent Death Unit perform the skills to solve the crime of a man who after trying to arrest two individuals who had just raided his business , was shot in […]

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Ecuador: January 17 through August, 116 People Dead In Bus Accidents

eluniverso.com (machine translated) – MÉNDEZ, Morona Santiago. The bus that covered the route Zamora-Quito was overturned at 01:25 yesterday after losing track at the height of Canton Méndez. Eleven people were injured. Cuenca – A child under 6 died and five people were injured yesterday after a pickup truck hit the back of a bus. […]

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Manta, Ecuador: Expat dies in motorcycle accident, hit and run

eldiario.ec / A man of German nationality lost his life in Manta in a traffic accident registered in the round of “El Paraíso”. The event occurred on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. when Wolfgang Klapperich was to be digested at the El Palmar citadel on a motorcycle. The victim died after agonizing 10 hours in the […]

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Machala, Ecuador: Famous Iguanas of Parque Plaza Colón slaughtered with rat poison (video)

MACHALA ECUADOR – EXTERMINATION OF THE GRACIOUS IGUANA FROM A PARK Everyone who has visited Guayaquil, Ecuador wants to see the ancient Iguanas which grace an old park in the middle of this hot and humid port city. Machala, Ecuador also on the hot and humid side has invested millions of dollars in the once […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Video shows three thieves ripping off merchant

Cuenca Ecuador: Video shows three thieves working together to steal from a merchant not paying attention to what is going on. Event took place on 10 de Agosto in the commercial area. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – BE BETTER PREPARED – READ THIS BOOK Ivan Velesaca Video muestra como 3 ciudadanos aprovechan descuido y […]

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Ecuador: 112 Women Murdered through September 17, 2017

Latacunga – Flor Pineda Bamba died at 00:30 yesterday because of an injury to the jugular, allegedly caused by his partner , in the streets Felix Valencia and Quijano, in the city of Latacunga. According to the police department of the uniformed New Circuit Vida, the crime would be a suspected femicide with the use […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Third murderer of young tourists from Argentina sentenced to 40 years prison

eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported Marina Menegazzo and María José Coni, the two young Argentine tourists who were murdered at the end of February 2016 in Montañita (Santa Elena). Archive After three days of hearing , the night of this Friday was sentenced to 40 years in jail to José Luis P., a subject that was […]

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Ecuador: Bus wreck in Otavalo probably due to speeding per preliminary report

ACCIDENT PROBABLY RESULT OF SPEEDING, BUS BRAND NEW, ROADS AND LIGHTING IN GOOD CONDITION eluniverso.com (machine translated)(Amparito Roser) They arrived in the morning of this Monday to remove the bodies in the morgue of Ibarra. The relatives of the people who died in the traffic accident registered on Sunday night in Otavalo came to the […]

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Ecuador: Another Bus Bites the Dust, 14 killed, 30 injured near Otavalo

news24.com / Ecuador is going to a period of numerous bus wrecks and continued carnage of dead. Thirteen people were killed and 28 injured when a bus overturned on a highway between the Ecuadorian capital Quito and the northern city of Ibarra, authorities said on Monday. The accident was at 8:00 PM local time. There […]

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Ecuador: Former President Correa disagrees with Pres. Moreno, may ask for constituent assembly

abc.es reported (machine translated) former President Rafael Correa has assured in Bogota that he does not rule out asking for a National Constituent Assembly in view of the situation that Ecuador is facing because of the public consultation that will be convened by the current president of the country, Lenin Moreno , whose content will […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Cause of Death for Dead American Expat still unknown

Prosecutor believes Expat died of natural causes but still waiting for autopsy report. elmercurio.com.ec reported (machine translated) Robert, a US citizen approximately age 75, was found dead inside the San Francisco building, located on Padre Aguirre and Presidente Córdoba streets. At about 8 am yesterday, agents of the National Police accompanied by experts in Criminalistics […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prostitution, insecurity of concern to residents in parish El Vecino

elmercurio.com.ec / Prostitution and insecurity are aspects that concern the inhabitants of the parish El Vecino. In recent weeks they have met with the provincial authorities to put on the table proposals that help improve security in the 34 districts of the parish. Jorge Herrera, president of the parish El Vecino, said that the leaders […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: 75 Year-Old Expat Found Dead in Dental Office (Video)

BREAKING/DEVELOPING – Cronicacuenca, Radiotomebamba reports U.S. Expat found dead in dental office located at Padre Aguirre y Presidente Cordova in Cuenca —– Did not provide name, sex. Age 75. Body transferred by forensics group for autopsy. Ciudadano de nacionalidad estadounidense de unos (75) que fue encontrado muerto es llevado al Centro Forense. @mercurioec @tomebamba pic.twitter.com/2Hw4PJaBeU […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Authorities discover fake taxi, with seals, color of legal taxi

ecuavisa.com / In an operation of the National Police carried out in Guayaquil, in Samanes stage III, to which were added the transit agents of the ATM, a vehicle was detected that carried a stamp of the Municipal Transit Authority with the number 05525 and a sticker of the which attracted attention and after an […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: U.S. Citizen allegedly abducts two Colombian sex workers

Two sex workers allege they were victims of false imprisonment by U.S. citizen and threatened with a knife when they wanted to leave the American’s apartment. elmercurio.com.ec (machine translated) / Two sex workers of Colombian nationality, 20 and 21, were allegedly abducted by a man of U.S. nationality yesterday afternoon in the Condominios Del Ejido […]

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Ecuador: Missing woman found working in brothel, victim of forced prostitution

eltelegrafo.com.ec (machine translated) reported…The National Police of Ecuador, through the Unit Against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking of Migrants (Ucdtptm), carried out the operation “Fortaleza 89” through which four citizens of Ecuadorian nationality, allegedly engaged in the crime of forced prostitution. The operation took place in Guayaquil, on Thursday, starting at 10:00 […]

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Report states as much as 80 percent of crimes not reported in Ecuador

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported thefts, psychological violence, sexual abuse, physical violence and drug trafficking are the five most reported crimes in the province of Guayas. These figures are derived from the State Attorney General’s Office. However,numerous crimes are not reported to authorities. A study found that 80% of crimes in Ecuador go unreported. Other countries also have […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Double Murder in Hotel heist located in Historic Center (Aug. 17′)

Well Planned Heist – Double murder in a hotel in the Historic Center of Quito lahora / (machine translated) QUITO They had everything planned. Two criminals entered a historic downtown hotel to rob guests of many who were foreigners.. The buffoons waited until nightfall to attack the victims. They were willing to do everything in […]

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Volcano on Galapagos Islands erupts

mpnoticias.com.ec / GalapagosEC.- The volcano of the Fernandina Island is in full eruptive process. The Minister of Environment, Tarsicio Hail, has confirmed it through his Twitter account this Monday, September 4, 2017: “Last minute: The giant of Fernandina awakens … We monitor the development of this natural event.” The eruption, however, poses no threat because […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Crime of Opportunity still threat for expats, travelers

cuencahighlife.com /Martin Simmons The young man who recently moved to Cuenca from California described how thieves stole his cell phone and $100 in cash the first month he was in town. Late at night, there are places to be avoided. Hearing his story, a middle-aged woman from New Jersey, standing next to him at a […]

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Director of IESS claims sufficient medical drugs at hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador

PATIENTS CLAIM THEY ARE TOLD THERE IS MEDICINE SHORTAGE AT Hospital Teodoro Maldonado Carbo Radiosucre – Full supply of medicines in the HTMC ensures the President of IESS Posted on September 1, 2017 by Press News After conducting a tour of the cellars and pharmacies of the Hospital Teodoro Maldonado Carbo, the President of the […]

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Babahoyo – Vinces Ecuador, bus attacked by armed assailants (video)

Armed criminals assault interprovincial bus that covered the route Babahoyo – Vinces / Some who have viewed this video believe the driver may have been involved with the assailants – notice bus slowing down and picking up passengers not at normal stop for an interprovincial bus. Video is Graphic (No SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR […]

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Ecuador: Bus Assaults Still threat, another one bites the dust route to Cuenca

BUS ON ZHUMIRAL-CUENCA ROUTE ASSAULTED BY ARMED THUGS (El Tiempo)  On Wednesday August 30th, 2017,  at 7:00 am. a Cooperativa Azuay bus was assaulted by armed thugs who feigned being passengers. Three of the so called passengers(robbers) then then allowed two more assailants on board the bus. One of the robbers fired his weapon into […]

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Ecuador: Cautionary tale of professional thieves targeting passengers on interprovincial buses

Despite all the security measures that have been put in place, travel on inter-provincial or long haul buses have security risks. Awareness is mandatory at all times including while getting on or off of a bus. The following story is an unedited version of a recent experience of an expat in Ecuador taking a trip […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Crime Wave of Dog Poisonings in neighborhood near San Marino Mall

Robberies in residential sector north of Guayaquil increased after dog poisoning Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) This series of crimes intensified after they poisoned the pet of Milton, the past 2 of July. Similar crimes have been committed since that day. The whistleblower said his dog (German shepherd) was barking loudly and driving away the criminals. […]

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