Pichilín, July 24, 2014
OPEN LETTER FROM THE COMMUNITY OF PICHILÍN
ADDRESSED TO THE VICTIMS UNIT AND THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF MORROA
We write to you government officials to express our profound indignation regarding the State’s abandonment of our community, Pichilín. We are tired of waiting, of false promises that don’t materialize, and we hope that the state institutions will act and that their responses to the needs and difficulties we are living will be real.
We are waiting for the approval of and the chronogram of collective reparations plan for the district of Pichilín in which we demand the transformation of our community. It is painful that our peasant brothers and sisters have had to die so that our social rights become reality. These social rights being: potable water, a sewage system, the reactivation of our health center, housing improvements, repairs of the Morroa- Pichilín-Colosó road, improvements of the school and electricity for the rural hamlet Asmón.
Where are the truth, justice and reparations that the law talks about when we continue to suffer and wait without seeing any results? We feel made fun of when we are told that the military and police want to come and install a plaque and ask for forgiveness from the community. What forgiveness are they talking about? When we only have a sentence that benefits five families and we are more than 125 families who have not had their individual reparations process resolved. It’s deplorable that we still have people who don’t even have a letter attesting to their status as displaced peoples, information that we have given to the Victims Unit on repeated occasions and yet which they haven’t resolved.
Today, to our critical situation is added the agricultural crisis that we are facing due to the drought. Our crops such as yams, cassava, corn and tobacco have died and several of our wells have dried up. Little by little we are being left without water. Some of our cows have died due to the lack of pasture and we don’t have corn for our chickens. We request that the state intervene to confront this crisis.
The community of Pichilín.
Municipality of Morroa, province of Sucre.