Open Letter to the President of the
George W. Bush United States
[From: French NGO, “Tchendukua”]
[From: French NGO, “Tchendukua”]
About fumigations in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
I work for a French NGO , “Tchendukua” whose goal is to recuperate land for the Kogi Indians living in the
In 2000 we bought, La Luna, a land, with access to the sea, It was the first time since the Spanish invasion, the Kogis had a low land. They where so happy, full of hope.
At the end of June 2004, La Luna became an “ Indigenous Reserve” , a protected area…
The Sierra is also one of the UNESCO’s “Biosphere Reserves”.
Fifteen days later, on July 17th, a plane from Dyncorp passed only once to fumigate La Luna. That was enough to provoke a complete disaster.
Some days ago, I saw the rushes of a second movie we have made on the Kogis
Now, La Luna is like some places in
The Kogis took five years to regenerate the soil, now they will have to wait, at least, five more years to replant. Everything is contaminated and the streams are dry because there are no more trees to retain water.
What are they going to eat? What are they going to drink? Where to go?
Tchendukua’s director in
It is impossible that your sophisticated planes are unable to detect Indians villages.
In the movie there is a scene with a Kogi shaman sitting in front of his house, in the middle of the devastation. He is crying.
This image is unbearable and it will remain in my memory forever.
Yes, Mr. Bush, an image can turn people really angry.
Remember the picture of Nick Ut showing a little girl naked, burned by Napalm, running on a road in
Condolezza Rice wants
The fumigation of La Luna on
In the Sierra, Kogis, Arsarios-Wiwas, Kankuamos and Arhuacos are starting to have health problems , especially children (see notes-page 14).
The new poisoned cocktail is called Agent Green. If you take the ingredients one by one, it doesn’t seem so dangerous. If you mix them, highly concentrated, it is a terrible weapon. The mixture is made with Monsanto Round Up Ultra, Cosmoflux 411F (illegal in the
Dr David Sands, an American scientist who made some researches on EN-4 admits
( interview with the BBC-2000) that you can call it a Green Warfare or a Biological Warfare.
When you had a few cases of Anthrax in your country it was immediately called a terrorist biological attack…
The Dutch government donated 500.000 euros for the eradication of coca by hand in the Amazonas and the Sierra. A part of this donation is dedicated for substitution cultures and social development.
Mr. Bush, you and your government, you will be responsible for the genocide or ethnocide (see notes-page 10)) of the most ancient and sophisticated pre-Colombian cultures in
The proper name for this worthless so-called drug war is « BIOLOGICAL and CHEMICAL WARFARE «.
In spite of a record spraying last year there was no eradication at all.
Before writing this, I’ve asked to a Dr in Molecular Biology if I could use those words, the answer was yes.
Mr. Bush, will you dare to say that you are doing this “In the Name of God”?
Where are the courageous American scientists who helped to stop the fumigations with Agent Orange in
REQUIEM FOR THE SIERRA
Economic and Social Council
Distr. GENERAL E/CN.4/2005/88/Add.2
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Sixty-first session Item 15 of the provisional agenda
Human rights and indigenous issues.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, Mr. Rodolfo Stavenhagen Addendum MISSION TO COLOMBIA*
On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an area visited by the Special Rapporteur, the Kankuamo people (3,000 families, 13,000 people and 12 communities), who live inside the “black line” which marks the traditional boundary of their territory, are now in the process of reclaiming their indigenous identity. Their lands have been recognized, but no reserve has yet been established. Guerrilla groups started arriving in the 1980s and AUC set up a base there in the 1990s, with the result that the number of kidnappings and murders escalated to a level far above the rural and regional average, particularly from 1998 onwards. It was then that the massacres of indigenous people, the mass displacements, the blockades and the forced confinement of communities to their villages began. More than 300 families are reportedly still displaced as a result of attacks and threats of various kinds. The accounts given to the Special Rapporteur testified to the continued ethnic cleansing, genocide and ethnocide of the Kankuamo people despite the protective and precautionary measures requested by the Ombudsman and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and several urgent appeals by a number of special mechanisms of the Commission on Human Rights.
Indigenous organizations described to the Special Rapporteur the adverse effects of indiscriminate spraying, including environmental damage to the topsoil, fauna, flora and water, the destruction of subsistence crops and direct damage to human health, including birth defects. The Special Rapporteur was also told that there are technical and scientific studies to substantiate these assertions. The indigenous peoples see the aerial spraying of coca plantations as yet another violation of their human rights and, save for a few occasions when they have given their consent, actively oppose the practice; this position again brands them as guerrilla sympathizers, as happened after the rights marches organized by certain indigenous communities to protest against the spraying. The Office of the Ombudsman has received 318 complaints concerning spraying operations in three municipalities in