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Americas: Time and again, Indigenous rights trampled for development

Headline Title:  Americas: Time and again, Indigenous rights trampled for development 08 August 2012 When the El Cercado dam opened in November 2010, its Colombian project managers trumpeted it as an engineering triumph built entirely with national know-how.Moreover, the project was touted as a way to help combat the effects of recurrent droughts in La Guajira, a north-eastern region. But for the Wiwa Indigenous Peoples native to the area’s Sierra de Santa Marta mountains, the dam’s arrival signalled a devastating change in their way of life accompanied by a series of serious human…

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