Ecocide in the Sayaxché Municipality

Ecocide in the Sayaxché Municipality
On April 2015 in the majestic Rio la Pasión, due to the contamination of the water by chemical substances that had reached the river, there were hundreds of dead fish of different sizes. It began from the village of Arroyo San Martín to Aldea Canaán and covered a stretch of more than 105 km along the river. This event, called and cataloged as Ecocide against humanity, affected more than 10 species of fish, as well as amphibians, reptiles, and birds. The African Palm company Repsa is accused of the damage.
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02:59
Creator: 
Elitier
Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Level: 
Adult
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Ecocide in Sayaxché Petén

Elitier Angel Pérez, 21 years old, greets you. I currently teach at the Nufed Educational Family Nucleus for Development Education Center No. 427 of the Caserío Las Pozas Sayaxché Petén.
I will begin by telling you about an event that occurred in the majestic La Pasión River, which is located in the municipality of Sayaxché, Petén department. On 29 April 2015 in the jurisdiction of the village of El Pato due to water pollution from chemical substances that had reached the river, dozens of dead fish appeared, but the situation was downplayed. It was not until 30 May that, for the second time and with greater effect, hundreds of dead fish of various sizes appeared, starting from the village of Arroyo San Martín to Aldea Canaán. This was more than 105 km along the river.
This event, called and cataloged as Ecocide against humanity, affected more than 10 species of fish, as well as amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Besides, families living on the banks of the river who were dedicated to fishing and whose main source of water came from the river were completely affected. The African Palm Company Repsa is accused of being the main culprit for the damage caused through discovered evidence and samples of a chemical substance called Malathion in their oxidation ponds and above all not having an environmental impact, although this industry denies any responsibility for what happened. This was relevant news at the national and international level and is currently still being discussed in some courts in the United States.
So, through this I would like to invite people and institutions to become aware and to change our attitude so that we avoid polluting water sources, knowing that we are causing many species to be affected, bearing in mind that this vital liquid is so essential for us living beings. Today, more than a year after what happened and throughout this time there have been walks, marches, and vigils in various parts of the country, as well as forums and press conferences demanding justice, but unfortunately, this remains unclear. Anyways, the hopes continue, and the objective is to get everything back to the way it was before, to everything that was there, what generations had preserved for a long time. So, the dream persists, and I... and I join the dream.

Translated by Emmanuella A. Kyereme

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