By Nathan Einbinder
Using the case of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala, developed among 1978 and 1983, this booklet examines the results of displacement at the former citizens of Río Negro, a group forcibly evicted and approximately eradicated by way of the army and paramilitary. utilizing open-ended interview discussions and tales, it specializes in this particular incident of displacement and violence and discusses the results 30 years later. Guatemala’s historical past is stricken by improvement tasks that ended in displacement, violence, and elevated marginalization of its indigenous and non-indigenous populations. so as to make means for improvement tasks equivalent to the construction of bananas, African palm, espresso and sugar cane; the extraction of metals comparable to 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 study findings offered, according to fieldwork performed from January to April 2009, recommend that most of survivors from the massacres that happened are nonetheless adversely plagued by the destruction in their households and livelihoods. whereas the situations referring to this occasion are precise, comparable struggles over land and human rights proceed into the current — and if guidelines stay unchanged, in either overseas improvement companies in addition to the Guatemalan executive, clashes of this nature simply elevate in time.