Why Project SOSOrinoco? The purpose of SOSOrinoco is to shed light on the existing body of work regarding the situation in the Amazonia and Orinoquia regions of Venezuela, to raise awareness of the tragedy that is occurring and to outline some urgent measures that need to be taken in order to halt the unfolding human and environmental disaster.
Over the years, whistle-blowers, brave journalists, scientists, active and retired members of the Armed Forces, explorers, etc. have documented and denounced the abuses and criminal activities that have flourished during the Chavez and now Maduro regimes, but sadly this information has had limited visibility on the front pages of local and international media.
Our position on the Orinoco Mining Arc (Arco Minero del Orinoco)
The Maduro regime has designated a vast expanse of Venezuela’s territory (111,843 km2), consisting of a wide crescent-shaped belt, located in the southern part of the country, spreading inland from the right bank of the Orinoco River, as “The Mining Arc of the Orinoco,” a rubric that serves as the hallmark of the new policy of opening up this territory to general mining operations; however, this policy is driven mainly by the greed for gold and coltan. Read more