Displaced residents of the Primero de Agosto community, @SIPAZ
On May 20, the official report of the Civil Mission of Observation of the Primero de Agosto community, municipality of Las Margaritas, was presented in a press conference. 12 organizations participated together on May 11 and 12 in said mission that was carried out to observe and document the situation of the displaced people.
“We are very sad about this forced displacement, where there has been much insecurity. We are very uneasy. We can’t sleep because of the fear that they are going to hurt us again, the authorities of Miguel Hidalgo. Our children are becoming ill with cough, fever, head aches, stomache aches, and they always ask us when we are going to return to our home,” shared one of the displaced women.
56 people, amongst them 18 who are underage, were forcefully displaced February 23, 2015. On this day, they left their houses, belongings, and the land they occupied since August 1, 2013. According to the agreement signed by representatives of the state government on January 8, 2015, the ownership of the property is currently considered “undefined.” The forced displacement was provoked by 50 peopple, authorities of Miguel Hidalgo, who are also memebers of the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H). 15 of the attackers carried high-caliber firearms.
The Civil Mission of Observation reported that the critical humanitarian situation, in which the displaced people find themselves in, has not been adequately attended to. The displaced live in precarious homes made of sticks, plastics, and nylon; there is an insufficient amount of drinkable water; the children are not attending school; there is a small amount of food (they only eat once or twice a day); and the health of the displaced community is of concern, especially in the children and the women who are pregnant: “The health and integrity of the displaced people, not only due to the presence of infectious or contagious diseases caused by the situation that is being lived, are being threatened by the presence of agents of the environment, such as climate and fauna of the area, and by the constant threats of the people who displaced them. Evidently the rights to food, housing, access to water, a healthy environment, and emotional and social health of the population are being violated.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Más amenazas y hostigamiento a indígenas tojolabales (26 de mayo de 2015)
Desplazados y condiciones precarias denuncian nuevas amenazas y hostigamiento, Chiapas paralelo, 21 de mayo de 2015
Chiapas: demandan atender a desplazados, La Jornada, 21 de mayo de 2015
Desplazados de Margaritas urgen atención, noticiasnet.mx, 21 de mayo de 2015
For more Information from SIPAZ (in English):
(April 24, 2015)
Chiapas: New threats against residents of Primero de Agosto (23 April 2015)