THE BLOOD OF THE EARTH

Sections:  SUNCINE OFFICIAL

Félix Zurita - 2020 - Nicaragua - 60

Mountains, rivers, and land are sacred to the indigenous and peasant peoples of Mexico and Central America. They are the inheritance of the ancestors, natural wealth and source of life that has sustained them for centuries. The abundance of these territories has attracted the ambition of large companies that in the name of progress rob and threaten those who oppose their extractive and expansionary plans. The construction of hydroelectric plants called clean energy joins the list of industries that destroy and leave a mark that bleeds at the heart of community resistance.  In Mexico and Central America every year between 50 and 60 environmental defenders are killed for fighting against the looting of the ancestral lands of their communities. With the construction of hydroelectric plants, rivers and water have also become subject to dispossession and have fueled violence and criminalization.