korla (flavia_sneech) wrote,

Mining in El Salvador

So, yes, I'm back, but no, news from El Salvador hasn't stopped.  In fact it's been bubbling.  There's a lot that's going on right now related to gas prices (ie, gas for cooking), a decree that may or may not subvert the constitution and the powers of the judiciary, and a proposal to draft 5000 at-risk youth into military service in order to keep them out of gangs.  Puchica.

But the thing that has my attention in this moment is this: http://www.cispes.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=844&Itemid=1&lang=es

Here's an English post on the same situation: http://voiceselsalvador.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/anti-mining-activist-juan-francisco-duran-found-dead-in-san-salvador/

You should be able to put up flyers without ending up dead, tossed into a communal grave pit miles from your home.  You just should.  I wish I wasn't afraid every day - not paralyzingly so, but there's a constant base line of worry - that one of my kids is going to get killed or wrapped irrevocably in a gang.  It's hard enough when they leave for the US. 

So thoughts and prayers for Juan Francisco's family and community tonight and for those who keep up the work even though they know they're being observed.  If I had one ounce of the courage they have...
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