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n. pl. Miskito or Mis·ki·tos
1. A member of an American Indian people inhabiting the Caribbean coast of northeast Nicaragua and southeast Honduras.
2. The Misumalpan language of the Miskito. In both senses also called Mosquito.

[Spanish misquito, from Miskito Miskitu, ethnic self-designation.]
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or Mís•ki•to

(məˈski toʊ)

n., pl. -tos, (esp. collectively) -to.
1. a member of an American Indian people of NE Nicaragua and adjacent areas of Honduras.
2. the language of the Miskito.
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In addition, they request the State to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for committing human rights violations to indigenous Miskito communities.
It runs literacy centres for Afghan girls, builds medical clinics for isolated Miskito tribesmen in the jungles of Honduras, and is a first responder to devastating disasters like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated communities across Southeast Asia.
Uprooted by The Miskito Rebellion, a buncha sad, culture-shocked native refugees were dumped into a run-down World War II-built federal housing project.
Children from indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, particularly Miskito boys, are vulnerable to forced labor, including on fishing vessels; children living on the streets are vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking.
He had grown up in Mabita and had defied the decision of the village to quit poaching scarlet macaws (apu pauni in Miskito).
The lands of 78 Miskito communities have been delimited and demarcated, and the communities benefited from receiving communal land titles; four Territorial Councils received inter-community titles.
The Bosawas Reserve in remote northern Nicaragua, part of the second largest tropical rainforest in the Western Hemisphere, is inhabited by 2 rapidly growing populations of indigenous people: the Miskito and the Mayangna.
The victims were on a boat taking 16 Miskito civilians on a seven-hour scheduled trip back to Paptalaya, their village in the Ahuas municipality on the Patuca River in the coastal province of Gracias a Dios.