In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were won from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner was overthrown in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.
Information and Demographics
Languages: Spanish (official), Guarani (official)
Literacy: male: 94.9% female: 93%
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The Mennonites in Paraguay
The first colony, Menno, founded on 1927 by Canadian Mennonites who rejected the military service, were followed by Filadelfia, founded by Russian refugees in 1930 and by Newland founded in 1947 by German Mennonites who were released of the Soviet Ukraine during the German invasion of 1943.
There are about 30,000 Mennonite living in Paraguay (MWC estimate) in 20 conferences.
IMHA in Paraguay
IMHA was informed of the opportunity for partnership with the Alto Refugio Hospicehttp://www.altorefugio.org/ by an IMHA member.