Churches and Mining in Latin America

Open-pit
megamines, deforestation, eviction of families and whole communities.
Indigenous peoples and traditional communities threatened by those
interested in mining their territories. Pollution of the water, the
land, and the air.Mining transportation channels impact
hundreds of communities living along the pipelines or railways that
export the vast majority of our minerals.Conflicts and protests, illegal
surveillance and criminalization of leaders. Death and persecution of
people, families, and entire communities.Despite all of this, mining in Latin
America continues to increase. National governments tied to the
interests of big business have proven themselves to be allied with the
multinational mining corporations—putting the country’s intelligence
systems and security forces at their service and relaxing legislation to
facilitate the expansion of these projects. A number of affected communities are
supported, advised, and defended by the churches, which have taken
courageous positions in a variety of contexts. Recently they have been
able to denounce these violations in a hearing before the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights. Christian leaders in Latin America are
coming together to search for alternatives to the aggressions of mining.“Churches and Mining” is a clamor of
survival, resistance, and hope; the clamor of the communities, the
clamor of life that will not let itself be uprooted.

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