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By Nathan Einbinder

Using the case of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala, developed among 1978 and 1983, this e-book examines the consequences of displacement at the former citizens of Río Negro, a group forcibly evicted and approximately eradicated via 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 affected by improvement initiatives that led to displacement, violence, and elevated marginalization of its indigenous and non-indigenous populations. as a way to make means for improvement projects similar 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 start and embarked on uncertainty.

The examine findings offered, in line with fieldwork carried out from January to April 2009, recommend that most of survivors from the massacres that happened are nonetheless adversely laid low with the destruction in their households and livelihoods. whereas the conditions concerning this occasion are particular, comparable struggles over land and human rights proceed into the current — and if guidelines stay unchanged, in either foreign improvement enterprises in addition to the Guatemalan executive, clashes of this nature in basic terms bring up in time.

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