This past week the presence of ELN guerrillas has been confirmed in the the town of Guasipati, Edo. Bolivar. This is far east of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, confirming what has long been suspected and rumored, that the government of Venezuela has lost control of our national sovereignty and has probably made a deal with the ELN, allowing it to make incursions way inside Venezuelan territory.
The Pemón People of La Gran Sabana, Bolivar State, Venezuela have been on the forefront of the struggle to allow the entry of humanitarian aid. In this remote Southern region of Venezuela, that borders with Brazil, where the indigenous peoples of Venezuela are amongst the most vulnerable and are suffering the consequences of the collapse of health, education, nutrition and security of the regime of Nicolas Maduro, Emilio Gonzalez, mayor of Santa Elena de Uairen (on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border) told Reuters that the Pemon people were unarmed but determined to let in humanitarian aid from Brazil.
What exactly happened in Canaima on December 8-9, 2018?
http://revistasic.gumilla.org/2018/comunicado-del-pueblo-pemon-no-a-las-bandas-armadas/ Masacre, desplazamiento y malaria: Pemones de San Luis de Morichal claman por atención de las autoridades https://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/n326277.html https://dolartoday.com/en-pie-de-lucha-con-arcos-y-flechas-pemones-tomaron-casa-presidencial-en-santa-elena-en-defensa-de-minas/ Guerra entre mafias y guerrillas para controlar el Arco Minero Las FARC y el ELN, desplazados por el Plan Colombia, el Plan Patriota y luego ayudados por el Proceso de Pacificación, por el Presidente de Colombia […]
En el 58 aniversario de la creación del Parque Nacional Canaima, Sitio de Patrimonio Mundial, SOSOrinoco se pronuncia sobre la urgencia de incluir al parque en la Lista de Sitios de Patrimonio en Peligro y recategorizarlo como “en peligro crítico” según los criterios de la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, que es el órgano técnico asesor de la Unesco.
An in depth article by the Wall Street Journal discusses the content of the report presented by SOSOrinoco to International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN & UNESCO in July 2018 on the current gold mining situation in Canaima National Park: A World Heritage Site in Venezuela
Mapa de las 15 minas de oro ilegales dentro del Parque Nacional Canaima (Patrimonio de la Humanidad) Map of the 15 illegal gold mining sites inside Canaima National Park (World Heritage Site)
Illegal mining within the Canaima National Park in #Venezuela, a World Heritage Site designated by @unescowhc.@NicolasMaduro gov’t is responsible for this ecocide. We should raise our voices against this ecocide @UNEnvironment @UN #sosOrinoco
Outdated and destructive mining techniques in Las Claritas Mines and illegal mining is spreading uncontrolled, devastating the environment along the way and increasing malaria to epidemic numbers, toward World Heritage Site Canaima National Park and Imataca National Park
El Parque nacional #Yapacana se localiza en el sector suroeste del #EscudoGuayanés, en la región centro occidental del Estado #Amazonas entre los ríos #Orinoco por el sur y el río #Ventuari al norte y el caño Yagua al este.
Downstream from Icabarú, one can see more deforested mining sites along both banks of the Icabarú, and also another settlement with an unpaved landing strip. At the confluence of the Icabarú and Caroní rivers there is a small settlement with a dirt runway for light aircraft, and one can also see mining sites located inside, as well as outside of Canaima National Park. Miners die on a regular basis as a result of being buried alive as flimsy cliffs collapse from the action of pressurized water jets ejected by the monitors used in the hydraulic mining method
Two thousand hectares of Yapacana National Park’s surface is being subjected to gold mining activity, a case of extreme ecocide. The impact on its ecosystems manifests itself not only on the surface area that has been directly destroyed but also as the radial and expansive effects caused by the more than 2,000 miners currently occupying the national park. This makes Yapacana the national park that, without a doubt, has suffered the highest level of destruction.