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The indigenous Ngabe people of Panama have been gradually pushed off their land until there is nowhere left for them to go. They have been on this land for centuries. Already the Panamanian government dammed up the Changuinola River leading to the complete flooding of a Ngabe community. None of the community was compensated for the loss of their homes, land or crops. The people have protested and some were arrested and attacked by police. Two died and many were injured.
Now another village, Kia, is at risk of being destroyed. A hydroelectric project called Barro Blanco is underway which will dam up the Tabasara River and put the village of Kia underwater.
You can read more about their plight here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/03/20123208464402131.html
The Ngabe are trying to negotiate with the Panamanian government but the Minister of Government, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, has already indicated that "nothing" will stop Barro Blanca.
Please sign the petition to stop the Barro Blanco project and save the homeland of the Ngabe people.
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