Thursday, July 30, 2020

Displaced indigenous people of Chiapas, at risk of famine

There are 3,304 indigenous people from municipalities located in the Altos de Chiapas area, who were expelled from their communities as a result of attacks by armed civilians.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Indigenous tsotsiles from the municipalities of Chenalhó, Chalchiuitán and Aldama, displaced for more than 4 years by armed civilians, denounced that the pandemic and the impossibility of going out to work, keeps them on the brink of famine. They ask for the implementation of a Food Emergency Plan and the presence of the International Red Cross.

There are 3,304 indigenous people from municipalities located in the Altos de Chiapas area, who were expelled from their communities as a result of attacks by armed civilians who are claiming the territory where they live. Since their displacement, they have been in rented houses, or living hidden in holes that they dug under their homes, and in a situation of overcrowding.

So far, they have been assisted by the humanitarian organizations Fideicomiso para la Salud de los Niños Indígenas de México AC (FISANIM), “el Fideo”, and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, AC Human Rights Center (Frayba). However, they refer that they are now in a limit situation because due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “they have not been able to go to harvest their coffee, being one of the sources of economic income to complete their livelihood during the year.”

“Due to the constant lack of food, medical attention and emotional damage due to the permanent fear and despair of being attacked, girls, boys, women and the elderly are the most vulnerable victims,” they explained. Faced with this situation, they made an urgent call to the state and federal governments for the implementation of a Food Emergency Plan, and the intervention of the International Red Cross to contribute to humanitarian aid in the territories that forced displacement has prolonged.

Source: El Financiero

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