A year after tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid pummelled the state of Guerrero, indigenous communities from the Mountain region organized a march of between 3,000 and 4,000 people in Tlapa de Comonfort to denounce that, more than ten months after the announcement of the New Guerrero Plan (PNG) that would liberate 37 billion pesos, still roads, schools, health clinics, and homes have not been repaired. Regarding the few advances made, protestors noted that the authorities discriminate against indigenous peoples by sending incompetent firms that use poor-quality materials.
The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights released a communique indicating that the communities “continue to experience great risks, especially due to the lack of a comprehensive program for reconstruction for the Mountain region and due to the inefficiency of the different levels of government in terms of providing a coordinated response to affected peoples.” Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, noted that before the march, state and federal authorities told him that the march should not proceed, and that if it did, that participants “not be so demanding.” Barrera Hernández noted that thanks to the “Let Maize Rain” program in the Mountain region, famine was avoided, but the government still has not followed through on its promise to provide maize and other grains for victimized peoples. Of a total of six planned deliveries, only three have been completed.
For more information (in Spanish):
Permanecen en condición de damnificadas familias de La Montaña a un año del paso de Ingrid y Manuel (Boletín de prensa de Tlachinollan, 13 de septiembre de 2014)
Marchan en Tlapa afectados para exigir reconstrucción total por daños de Manuel (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de septiembre de 2014)
Marchan miles en la Montaña; exigen cumplir promesas de reconstrucción (la Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)
Marchan en Tlapa 4 mil damnificados por Manuel; exigen los granos que les prometieron (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 de septiembre de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Victims of storms migrate to survive (12 November 2013)
Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)
Guerrero: Continúa crisis humanitaria causada por la tormenta Manuel en La Montaña (1ero de octubre de 2013)