By Saulo Araujo
August 28th, 2012
They left San Vicente searching for a peaceful place to live, free of the oppressive British colonial powers. Three thousand women, men and children sailing atop the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea were thirsty and hungry. The sun over their heads was abrasive. Many perished before reaching the island of Roatan, Honduras, their new home. Today, many of their Garifuna heirs, an Afro-descendant population in the Caribbean coast of Central America, are still struggling for days of peace, like their ancestors envisioned some 213 years ago.
Today [August 9] is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The United Nations pronounced this day to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Today also gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions that indigenous people have made to improve world issues.
Grassroots International proudly supports indigenous organizations from Mexico to Brazil to Mozambique to Indonesia – groups engaged in ongoing organizing to protect their rights and the rights of Mother Earth.
By the Via Campesina
Thousands of Honduran farm workers have launched a co-ordinated land occupation, squatting on some 12,000 hectares nationwide and fuelling new tensions over land rights, authorities said.
Despite being denied, again, title to the land on which they have labored, there is no quit in this group of women from El Estribo.
The Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA) is the lead organization for the Women’s Regional Commission of Vía Campesina – Central America. Created in 1985, CODIMCA advocates for the social and economic rights of peasant women in Honduras and supports regional movement building initiatives in Central America between rural and urban women groups. In Honduras, the organization works in nine states through 414 community-based groups.