Dams, Displacement and Development : Perspectives from Río by Nathan Einbinder

By Nathan Einbinder

Using the case of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala, developed among 1978 and 1983, this ebook examines the results of displacement at the former citizens of Río Negro, a group forcibly evicted and approximately eradicated by way of the army and paramilitary. utilizing open-ended interview discussions and stories, it makes a speciality of this particular incident of displacement and violence and discusses the results 30 years later. Guatemala’s historical past is suffering from improvement tasks that led to displacement, violence, and elevated marginalization of its indigenous and non-indigenous populations. to be able to make approach for improvement tasks equivalent to the construction of bananas, African palm, espresso and sugar cane; the extraction of metals resembling gold and nickel; or, during this particular case, the development of a hydroelectric dam, the land-based, predominately Maya campesinos were systematically uprooted from the lands in their beginning and embarked on uncertainty.

The examine findings offered, in response to fieldwork performed from January to April 2009, recommend that almost all of survivors from the massacres that came about are nonetheless adversely laid low with the destruction in their households and livelihoods. whereas the conditions referring to this occasion are precise, related struggles over land and human rights proceed into the current — and if guidelines stay unchanged, in either overseas improvement organisations in addition to the Guatemalan executive, clashes of this nature simply raise in time.

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