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War on drugs, war on people

March 27, 2009

My fumigation post has been in the works for a while. In four months, I’ve traveled from the very bottom to the top of the country, Nariño to Bolívar. Aside from extrajudicial executions and impunity, the fumigation of coca, coca substitute cash crops, staple food crops, pasture, water sources and people has been the number one issue raised, from campesinos in Antioquia and indigenous people in Norte de Santander to student and women leaders in Cauca. Fumigations are the cause of ever deeper poverty and misery. I met two campesinos who lost infant children to the effects of chemical spraying.

My post with awful first-hand anecdotes and photos will have to wait. Witness for Peace is pulling together an incredible effort to stop US funding of fumigations in the next month. Click here to sign their petition, which will be delivered to Congress & Obama by a Colombian & US delegation this week. And go here to sign up for WfP action alerts as this effort moves forward.

Here’s a video the great Witness folks in Colombia have put together, released today.

Journey to the heart of coca country where United States tax dollars have financed the aerial fumigation of 2.6 million acres of land in Colombia – the world’s second most biodiverse country.See cropdusters target coca plants, the main ingredient of cocaine, with concentrated herbicide as part of the U.S. war on drugs. Listen to people on the ground, hear about the impacts, and learn new ideas about how to solve this deadly problem.

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more about “Shoveling Water: War on drugs, War on…“, posted with vodpod

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