In recent days, several disasters have hit Mexico leaving devastation and much suffering mainly in rural and indigenous areas where many of our brothers and sisters of La Via Campesina are. The situation is particularly serious in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero and other states. In some places there have been floods and destruction of plantations and the collapse of houses and other buildings. Many sisters and brothers have stayed in the street. But in addition there have been deaths and many families today heal their wounded.
The earthquake of September 19 in Mexico City has aggravated the situation. In a number of areas, such as Xochimilco, Tlalpan, Contreras and others where migrant families live mainly in the big city in search of means of subsistence, they have lost everything they had, including their dwellings and plots. Many children and old people have lost their lives and many more are seriously injured or missing.
Therefore, we call for international solidarity with the people of Mexico. The North American Region of La Via Campesina is asking for urgent economic assistance to support our sisters and brothers, peasants and indigenous peoples of Mexico to rebuild their lives, their homes, their plots and their communities.
Today our sisters and brothers in Mexico urgently need the broadest material solidarity of our organizations, our regions and our allied movements. As we pointed out in Derio during our Seventh International Conference: “It is time to build a fraternal world of solidarity among peoples.”
We thank you in advance for your attention to this urgent call for solidarity and we encourage you to mobilize your members and your allies and friends to donate in support of the people of Mexico and particularly of La Via Campesina Mexico.
On behalf of the North American Region,
Joan Brady and Carlos Marentes, Mr.
Cover Image: A USGS map shows the earthquake that struck Mexico late Sept. 7, 2017
People formed human chains to reach others who were trapped.
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