In 2008, I traveled with Witness for Peace to Colombia (where my family is from) to witness the impacts of coal mining by multinationals in the provinces of Cesar and La Guajira. Today, one of those communities, El Hatillo, is experiencing a humanitarian crisis.
Currently, there is not enough food for 350 children, 264 women, and 57 elders in the community (of a total of 177 families). The community can no longer subsist on agriculture due to mining pollution.
El Hatillo sits a little over 3 football fields away from a mountain of mining waste at La Francia coal mine owned by Goldman Sachs (pictured in second picture on the left). The mine looms over the community, just behind the murals on the courtyard walls.This coal is being used to power our homes and businesses in the United States, Canada and Europe.
In recent days the organization that supports El Hatillo, PAS, has appealed to all of the proper Colombian and international entities to respond to the crisis with a food bank. The call for aid has been denied by the all levels of the Colombian government. Furthermore, the United Nations and Red Cross have not been able to respond because Cesar falls outside of their area of administration.
We need your help in providing food and sustenance for the people of El Hatillo. $5000 will help feed the men, women and children of El Hatillo for one month. The money will not only buy food, but also the time needed to work towards a more permanent solution.