Between 1996 and 1997, the Lower Atrato communities were the victims of military and paramilitary operations which caused the mass displacement of more than 70% of the population, murders, torture and disappearances. Continue reading Land restitution in the Curbarado river basin
We asked leaders from Curbaradó (department of Chocó) about the peace agreement, Continue reading “Peace is born from within the territories”
Among the most severe attacks against the Curbaradó and Jiguamiandó communities in 2015, the following are worthy of note: Continue reading Curbaradó and Jiguamiandó: 2015
Land of corn is a documentary film about four environmental and land rights defenders from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras who work in an extremely dangerous environment and risk their lives, their freedom and the safety of their families because of the work they do.
Sara Méndez travels every week to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Mexico), where some of the largest wind farms in the country are being constructed. Martín Gómez is resisting the construction of a hydroelectric project on the Chinacla River in Honduras. Mary Hernández had to seek refuge in the Curbaradó humanitarian zone because of threats she received while defending her land in a territory that has been subjected to large-scaled cattle ranching, palm oil tree cultivation and timber exploitation. Adrian Kal has been fighting for the past 15 years for his community´s land in Guatemala, which was sold to a logging firm. As Sara, Martin, Mary and Adrian explain their work and daily struggle, the audience learns about the threats they receive, their fears and the lack of protection mechanisms in their countries.
We accompany Camilo of the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission and Eustaquio, a land rights leader from El Guamo (in the Curbaradó river basin, Chocó) on an environmental fact finding mission with the aim of evaluating the impact of the destruction of the native flora and fauna of this tropical forest typical to the region.