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Drought and corruption remain a crisis for the indigenous communities

December 13, 2015

The province of the La Guajira is Colombia's poorest and most forgotten regions.  For decades public funds have been stolen and resources exploited due to local government corruption.  This has directly impacted upon the well-being and quality of life of the Wayuu people who live in the region.

The Rancheria river has run dry after three years of intense droughts and decades of industrial overuse.  In local hospitals an average of three malnourished children are treated every week, most in critical condition, from perfectly preventable causes.

Wayuu leaders have now taken their case for water to the Inter American commission on Human Rights to pressurise the local and national government to protect their water supply.

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