Event Title

Migrating Towards Justice: Stories to Transform People and Policy

Speaker

Augusto Obregon

Streaming Media

Description

“For me, free trade agreements, neoliberal policies and the conditions on the aid from the international financial institutions have brought our country to extreme poverty. And the people, the rural farmers, are desperate and don't have any another alternative than to migrate to countries such as Costa Rica, Spain and the United States, with the only objective to work for their families. In my community, El Regadío, they installed a tobacco factory that is under the free trade zone, which generates employment, but the salaries are miserable and it is provoking a great contamination of our environment, principally to our water supply. It is also causing many diseases, of the skin and the organs of mainly women and children. The worst is that some farmers are selling their land to cultivate tobacco. This is causing less production of food, because the producers have dedicated their land to cultivating tobacco and this only serves to harm our health not to feed us."- Augusto Obregon

About the Lecturer: Augusto Obregon, community leader and activist of El Regadío, Estelí Nicaraguan

Document Type

Event

Start Date

3-11-2010 12:00 PM

End Date

3-11-2010 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Nicaragua, Justice for farmers, Free trade policies

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Language

English

Format

video/mp4

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Nov 3rd, 12:00 PM Nov 3rd, 1:15 PM

Migrating Towards Justice: Stories to Transform People and Policy

Fairhaven College Auditorium

“For me, free trade agreements, neoliberal policies and the conditions on the aid from the international financial institutions have brought our country to extreme poverty. And the people, the rural farmers, are desperate and don't have any another alternative than to migrate to countries such as Costa Rica, Spain and the United States, with the only objective to work for their families. In my community, El Regadío, they installed a tobacco factory that is under the free trade zone, which generates employment, but the salaries are miserable and it is provoking a great contamination of our environment, principally to our water supply. It is also causing many diseases, of the skin and the organs of mainly women and children. The worst is that some farmers are selling their land to cultivate tobacco. This is causing less production of food, because the producers have dedicated their land to cultivating tobacco and this only serves to harm our health not to feed us."- Augusto Obregon

About the Lecturer: Augusto Obregon, community leader and activist of El Regadío, Estelí Nicaraguan