Natural Disasters

Struggle for Protecting Food Sovereignty in Nuclear Crisis: the role of NOUMINREN youth in our region after the 3.11 Earthquake

The largest earthquake in Japanese recorded history hit the northeastern part of Japan on March 11th, 2011. The earthquake caused the huge tsunami that destroyed almost all the coastal towns and cities of northeastern Japan and also damaged 24,000 hectares of farmland. Moreover, the tsunami destroyed the cooling systems of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants leading to the explosion of three reactors. A never-before- experienced fear that “we might not be able to live in the northern area of Japan or even in the Tokyo area” passed through many people’s minds.

This fear also struck young farmers as they might have had to abandon their land if the contamination was found to be over the limit. In fact, many of the farmers in Fukushima were forced to give up farming due to the high level of radioactive contamination. This accident dispersed radioactive substances not just in Fukushima but all over Japan making producers anxious about growing crops outside and consumers anxious about purchasing domestically grown crops: the people in Fukushima barely buy their locally grown crops.

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Haitian Farmers and Brazil’s Landless Workers' Movement

Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural Landless Workers’ Movement, or MST. He has lived in Haiti for three years. There, he coordinates the MST’s program, an exchange of agricultural and technical cooperation between Haitians and Brazilians. In a departure from many international programs of “teaching” and “aiding” Haitians, Patrola speaks here about mutual learning and respect.

We are here in Haiti in an educational solidarity exchange program. We’re not here to teach. We are here to learn.

In our work, there’s great respect for Haitian farmers and movements. That’s something that has been greatly lacking: respect. Not only from foreigners, but from Haitian elites who don’t acknowledge their own peoples.

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Korean farmers in Solidarity with women and children farmers from Japan

Letter from the Korean Women Peasant Association to Nouminren, the Japanese farmers organisation

Dear Mr. Junichi Shraisi,

We send you warm greetings and express our solidarity in this time of tragedy around the nuclear plant accident. To support your struggles, the central committee decided on April 4 to provide temporary shelters to women and children affiliated with Nouminren members.

Ever since the tsunami hit the northeaster areas of Japan in March 11, we have observed the worsening and increasing seriousness of the damage incurred. We are aware that the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency rated the current nuclear accident its highest level at 7, equal only to the incident at Chernobyl. We worry about the possibility that the "chain earthquakes" moving within the vicinity of Tokyo may further aggravate the situation.

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La Via Campesina Calls for Solidarity for the people of Japan

La Via Campesina expresses its deepest sympathies to all the people of Japan and all those who lost their families, friends, homes, livelihoods and all who are affected and now living in fear of a radiation leak from the damaged nuclear power plant. We are extending our support and solidarity and call on all our fellow social movements, peoples’ organizations, civil society and all concerned citizens to join in and help the people of Japan in their time of greatest need.

The immediate task at hand now is to stand with the people of Japan in their moment of greatest need. We call on all of you to please help in any way you can. Any small amount can make a difference and will go a long way in the rescue and relief efforts.

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Declaration of the 4th Edition of Linking Alternatives (EA4) on the current situation in Haiti

 

Adopted by the General Assembly of Social Movements May 16, 2010 in Madrid

The earthquake of January 12, 2010 in Haiti has opened a new period of crisis in this country, which comes on top of the prolonged structural crisis resulting from more than 500 years of colonial and neocolonial rule and the imposition of 30 years of neoliberal policies.

Linking Alternatives 4 (EA4) salutes the courage and resilience of the Haitian people, who every day since the disaster, provide an exemplary lesson of solidarity, mutual aid and self-organization.

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La Vía Campesina’s support to Haitian peasants

 

1 – INTRODUCTION .

Haiti has just experienced the worst disaster of its history on January 12, 2010. More than fifty percent of the city of Puerto-Principe has been destroyed. It has been officially reported (by the President Preval) that there have been 300,000 deaths, 250, 000 injured and 1.2 million homeless.

The earthquake also hit other areas of the country. More than eighty percent of the city of Leogane has been destroyed, more than 60% of Jacmel. Other municipalities were hit hard:  Kenskoff, Croix des Bouquets, Archahaie, Gressier in the West.

Apart from Jacmel, in the South East, municipalities like Marigot, Cayes- Jacmel, Lavallée de Jacmel, Bainet have also suffered consequences.

In the Central Plateau (center of the country, the base of MPP) many communal areas lost many houses but there were no deaths on its land.

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Thanks for the solidarity with Haitian peasants

 

Dear Friends of La Vía Campesina,

Through this letter La Vía Campesina would like to thank all of the people and organizations that responded to our call of economic solidarity to support our Haitian comrades in the reconstruction process of the country, after the brutal earthquake almost 3 months ago.

La Vía Campesina during these past 3 months has received a total of 30,369.30 Euros in the bank account opened for making donations. After analyzing Haiti`s situation following the earthquake, and establishing that the current priority is confronting the food shortage, Vía Campesina’s coordination in Haiti has decided to use the totality of the funds for buying maize, frijol and legume seeds to be planted this rainy season which started in the month of March.

Thank you for your committed solidarity and trust in La Vía Campesina.

¡GLOBALIZE STRUGGLE, GLOBALIZE HOPE!

Sincerely,

Henry Saragih

International Secretary of Operations of La Vía Campesina

 

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