Podcast: Like father like son: The Veron family and the Guarani Kaiowa struggle
Earth Matters: Gustavo Castro
Latin America Solidarity Centre - LASC
7 hours ago
'The mobilizations have also been met with heavy repression by Colombia’s public force, specifically the Anti-Disturbance Mobile Squadron (ESMAD). This force was created to repress protest and since its creation in 1999, has been at the center of human rights violations, including the assassination of a student protester Jhonny Silva at the Valle University in 2005. Despite legally not being allowed to enter university campuses, ESMAD has entered several different campuses during strike activities to repress the students.' ... See MoreSee Less
Students in Colombia continue their strike for public education Negotiations between the national government and the student movement were suspended after the former refused to negotiate on granting more financial resources in 2018. The students will continue their mobilization and are preparing for...
'The struggle for access to safe and sufficient water for drinking and irrigation defines life for the Wayuu of La Guajira, whose children suffer higher rates of malnutrition and mortality than their non-indigenous counterparts. The Wayuu blame their thirst mainly on the mine, which they say drains water from the river and groundwater they depend on and pollutes what’s left.'
LA GUAJIRA, Colombia — “It was beautiful here,” said Mariella. “There were crops, flowers, animals. There was life.” Mariella is an indigenous Wayuu from the community of Wasimo in the dusty desert of Colombia’s northernmost department of La Guajira. She lives in a one-bedroom shack with...