- Country: Ecuador
- D.O.B: November 8, 2015
- Age: 2
- Gender: Boy
Iker lives with his mother and father. Iker's mother is not employed. Iker's father is regularly employed. His occupation is: Construction Worker. Iker has siblings living in the household. Iker is not required to help with family duties at home due to age. Iker's favourite activities and interests include: Ball Games. Activities that Iker enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Iker's favourite activities are: Learning about God. Iker does not attend school. He is in the equivalent of kindergarten. Iker's family lives in the area of Los Bajos in Ecuador.
Straddling the equator, Ecuador is home to two Andes mountain ranges that split the country into three zones. The lowlands are hot and humid and the highlands temperate. To the east are tropical rain forests and river valleys.
The Ecuadorian population is more urban than rural, and mostly Indian or of mixed ancestry. Spanish is the official language, but many Indians speak Quechua, the language of the Incas, and practice traditional religions.
Spanish conquistador Pizarro invaded Ecuador in 1532 and soon controlled it. In 1830, the county won sole independence and is now one of the continent's more stable democracies. In 1972, oil exports began providing foreign exchange funds, which fueled inflation and widened the gap between rich and poor. With the decline of oil production, Ecuador has increased tourism and mining ventures. In the 1990s, governmental and social reforms were attempted but lacked popular support. A border dispute with Peru broke out into skirmishes in 1995; a cease-fire was signed, but tensions still remain.
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