Justice Comes Slowly for Guatemala’s Maya Achí

In 1982, over 400 Maya Achí men, women, and children were murdered for opposing a hydroelectric dam under construction on the Chixoy River. The next year, the completed Chixoy dam flooded more than 30 Maya Achí communities.

In 2014, the first steps were taken toward justice when Guatemala’s President apologized to those impacted by the Chixoy Dam and massacres. Shortly after, the first reparations check was made to Maya Achí families.

Global Greengrants is a leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale and they have featured the above video on their website, here.

Linked to this, is an in-depth interveiw with Juan de Dios García by Angela K. Evans on the Boulder Weekly website.

In the interview, the executive director of the Association for the Integral Development of the Victims of Violence in the Verapaces, Maya Achí (ADIVIMA), talks about the history of the struggle for justice for what happened to the communities all those years ago. This struggle also includes his move into exile because of death threats to him and his family. Luckily, he is able to continue the fight in his new home.

You can read the full piece, here.

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Categories: Environment, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Legal, Video, Violence

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