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Guatemala: Two deaths in recent accident highlight "history" of human rights violations linked to the World Bank´s Chixoy Dam

Author: Grahame Russell, Rights Action, Published on: 12 July 2016

 “Endless consequences: another victim of the World Bank & IDB’s genocidal Chixoy Dam Project in Guatemala”, 5 Jul 2016

 …A terrible accident has taken the life of 9 year-old…and her mother…in the village of Rio Negro, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.  But it is no accident that another brutal death has occurred in one of the most long suffering communities in Guatemala…This tragedy is piled on top of a history of racism and oppression, violent dispossession of land and home, massacres and desperate survival.Juan and Isabel were genocide survivors, eyewitnesses to the whole-scale slaughter of their families and community to make way for a World Bank / IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) hydro-electric dam project…[T]he Guatemalan military carried out 5 large-scale massacres against the Rio Negro community itself, as part of the World Bank and IDB’s efforts to evict thousands of Mayan villagers from the Chixoy dam flood basin…Sooner or later, most Rio Negro survivors were forced by the regime to live in Pacux, an army-controlled “model village”…




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