After fleeing Guatemala, some Ixil immigrants are seeing Pittsburgh as a destination for a new community

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After fleeing Guatemala, some Ixil immigrants are seeing Pittsburgh as a destination for a new community

Joanna Bernstein // Art by Anita DuFalla // PublicSource

Pittsburgh is quickly becoming a home for Ixil survivors of the Guatemalan civil war, where the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission reported that more than 70 percent of Ixil villages were destroyed between 1981 and 1983. Third to Centreville, Virginia, and Dover, Ohio, the city is gaining a reputation as a hub for Latinos seeking shelter. The Latino community in Allegheny County grew by more than 70 percent between 2000 and 2010, and continued to grow 28 percent between 2010 and 2015. But the challenges of resettling remain tough: dealing with social isolation, finding work, and fearing ICE raids and deportation.

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