MURDER BY MINING: KILLING LATIN AMERICA’S ANCIENT PEOPLES

Extracting the resources whilst caring for the land and the native custodians are NOT mutually exclusive.

Eléctrica in the Desert

FROM   7 APRIL 2015

Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, dying because of multinationalReuters photo

Indigenous populations of Colombia are dying in silence because their mother river has been privatized for the world’s largest open pit coal mine.

The Cerrejon Mine deprives the Wayuu people of the only water source they had, using 35,000 liters of water a day, and causing many deaths among the population. Wayuu spokesman Armando Valbuena  reported to the Colombian newspaper Aporrea that around 14,000 children have died of starvation and that portal “mortality does not stop”.

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The territory occupied by the Wayuu is in the northern region of Colombia, where the state presence is weak. Thus, government aid does not reach the dying because of corruption, according to Valbuena and Javier Rojas Uriana, attorney for the Association of Traditional  Authorities.

“The measures that have been taken are insufficient and Cerrejón Mine, with the permission of the National…

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