2008-07. Metal Mining in Central America: Pain and Resistance
Royal Palace Hotel, Guatemala City.
July 2, 2008.
The negative impact produced by metal mining at industrial levels in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as the many types of local resistance which have sprouted in the region, are documented visually and supported by investigative text throughout the publications’ 72 full-color pages. Examples which expose the negative impact of metal mining focus on the fundamental issues regarding the use and contamination of water sources, deforestation, health, continuous poverty and lack of sustainable development in mining communities, as well as the social conflicts which almost always arise.
The official presentation which will take place at the Royal Palace Hotel in Guatemala City (6a Avenida 12-66, Zona 1) on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008, at 9 AM.
Panelists will include Monsignor Alvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of San Marcos, as well as Rodolfo Pocop from the Indigenous Peasant National Coordination (CONIC). Bishop Ramazzini, a leading anti-mining activist in Guatemala, will speak about Mining Law Reform while Mr. Pocop will share his views on the relationship between the Mining Industry and Mayan Cosmovision.
Please contact Andres McKinley for more information regarding the photo-publication: AMcKinley@OxfamAmerica.org
In the town of Bonanza, RAAN, Nicaragua, a young man rides his bicycle near the shore of a lagoon completely contaminated by mine residue and dozens of empty cyanide barrels. The highly toxic substance is heavily used in open-pit mines throughout Latin America by mining corporations mostly from US, Canadian and Australian capital.