The communities of the Colombian Guajira will meet next September 20 to define the date in which they will begin a civic strike that seeks to highlight the crisis in which the department is located.
Recall that on September 20 will be held in La Guajira a forum on biodiversity, water and extractivism that will feature the experiences of demonstrators from the Buenaventura and Chocó unemployment.
The guajiros will demand from the Colombian government the creation of public policies to mitigate the impacts of the mining that collapsed the agricultural and commercial vocation of a territory that has lost, among many things, food sovereignty.
327/5000 In this sense, the president of the Civic Committee for the Dignity of the Guajira, Felipe Rodríguez, explained that "in 1980 the Guajira contributed, in agricultural and commercial matter, 80% of the nation's GDP, but when at the end of the last century imposed the mining vocation, broke the sector and today does not even contribute 7%.
The 60% of the mining that is realized in Colombia occurs in the territories guajiros. "The department has lost the ability to produce its own food and people are dying of hunger, social inequality increased, 60% of people earn less than a minimum wage, and mining ended jobs. 2.9% of jobs are generated by mining and 87% are informal jobs," added Rodríguez.
In environmental matters, the department of La Guajira is 87% semi-desert and mining has destroyed about 12 thousand hectares of dry forest. There are also 10 streams and 2 ruined lagoons leaving the territory in a "water stress".