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Mexico's state power utility CFE will carry out electrification works in 12 municipalities in the Costa Chica coastal region of the southwest state of Guerrero, home to the country's largest community of descendants of African slaves.
The works, with an investment of 40mn pesos (US$3mn) and expected to take two months, will benefit around 200,000 people, supplying them with electricity for the first time, Guerrero state social development minister Beatriz Mojica Morga told Radio Fórmula.
It is estimated that between 40% and 50% of the population of Guerrero is of mixed African descent.
The municipalities to be connected to the grid concentrate the largest number of inhabitants of African descent in the state.
While government resources are channeled to attending the needs of the state's indigenous peoples, the existence of the communities of African descent is not acknowledged and they live in extreme poverty, Mojica Morga said.