In March 2014, human rights lawyer and activist, Rafael Maldonaldo, travelled to Canada to speak about the human rights violations and injustice taking place in San Rafael de Las Flores – a region that is home to farmers and the country’s Xinka community. “I want Canadians to know that the silver, and possibly the gold, that is being extracted from Guatemala – is bloodstained” he said. He also spoke about the lack of consultation between the country’s government &Tahoe Resources Inc. (a Canada-based mining company), and the local communities in the region.
I travelled there last month, to explore the allegations, and to document the voices of the communities impacted by Tahoe’s Escobal Mine in San Rafael and surrounding areas.
This is their story….
– Maggie Padlewska