Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
Thousands of miles away from her Belfast home, Lynda Sullivan tells The Detail of her work to help Peruvian villagers in their fight against multi-national gold mining which threatens the future of their village.
“Tell me why you’re involved in this peasant struggle in Celendin, Peru against Yanacocha one of the most powerful gold mining companies on the planet?” reporter Jesus Martinez, asks me.
I’m here, I begin, because the mining companies wants to destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people, the most of which live through agriculture and cattle rearing, by turning their mountain lakes into open pits, and by pumping toxic water into their rivers.
And for what? So that they can extract the gold and copper from beneath.
I’m here also because the people’s legitimate right to have a say in what happens to their land has been stripped from them by the national government as they order the police to violently suppress any form of resistance – a government who seems more concerned in protecting the economic interests of the mining companies as opposed to its citizens.
“Yes” says Jesus, who is part of the socially conscience artistic collective Nadie Nos Paga, “but what I want to know is why you are in the middle of it?”.
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