INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, ECOSYSTEM & CLIMATE THREATENED BY INDUSTRIALIZATION, RACISM, NEGLIGENCE, AND GREED
The Miskitu territories had gone untouched by outsiders, nurtured by the deep and intrinsic culture of the Miskitu people for centuries. Under the Ronald Reagan administration, The “Iran-Contra Affairs” stemmed from the U.S. government’s policies toward two seemingly unrelated countries, Nicaragua and Iran. Despite stated and repeated denials to Congress and to the public, Reagan Administration officials supported the militant Contra rebels in Nicaragua and sold arms to a hostile Iranian government.
In order to bring peace between the Sandinistas and the Contras, the Moskitia/Mosquito (Miskitu) Nation gave up their arms and accepted the protection of the United Nations Charters.
Today, they find themselves without protection and at the mercy of Daniel Ortega and his Communist dictatorship. In addition, the armed forces of the Honduran Government occupy and oppress the sovereign domain of Miskitu territory and people in an attempt to establish an eminent domain for the development of the Nicaraguan Canal.
The proposed Nicaraguan Canal will bring devastation to over a million lives. Nicaraguan officials in June granted 50-year right to build and oversee the $40 billion canal to a Hong Kong-based firm, bypassing environmental reviews in the process. The 186-mile-long (300-kilometer-long) canal would connect the Pacific to the Caribbean, creating a rival to the Panama Canal. (See: Map Below)
In the current edition of the journal Nature, two prominent environmental scientists warn that the project threatens “environmental disaster” for Nicaragua. At risk are “some of the most fragile, pristine and scientifically important” regions of Central America, they warn. The canal could destroy 400,000 hectares of rainforest and wetlands.
“The Nicaraguan Canal will affect “some 4,000 square kilometers
of forest, coast, and wetlands…this network of reserves is the habitat
of at least 22 species that are vulnerable and in danger of extinction”
-The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
According to the Red List of [Threatened Species issued by] the IUCN [the International Union for Conservation of Nature], there is a long list of wildlife which will also be harmed…
“…including tapirs, jaguars, turtles, marine life,
corals and other species; some of the rarest and
untouched surviving mangroves, coral reefs,
dry forests, rainforests, and lakeside habitats
that still exist in Central America.”