Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Narconews: Drug War Testimonies from Ecuador

Drug War Testimonies from Ecuador

November 14, 2005
Please Distribute Widely

Families frightened by warplanes and helicopters flying overhead. Men coming back from their fields with strange rashes and marks on their bodies. Women washing their faces in what was once a clean river, and their skin breaking out. Children suddenly coming down with mysterious stomach ailments, crying because their eyes are severely irritated. Farmers weeping as they watch their crops die, poisoned, their livelihoods destroyed.

These are some of the things we hear and images we see in the video posted this weekend, and now available with a full English transcript. It is a compilation of some of the testimonies gathered by the International Verification Mission that traveled to the Ecuador-Colombia border this June, and comes to us thanks to our friend Adolfo Maldonado and his colleagues at the Ecuadorian organization Acción Ecológica, as well as the producers at Acción Creativa; both groups members of the Inter-Institutional Committee Against Fumigations.

The mission went to look into the continuing claims of Ecuadorian peasant farmers that the fumigation programs just across the border, in which the Colombian army, with vast financial and logistical support from the U.S. government, dumps untold thousands of gallons of powerful herbicides onto the countryside in an attempt to eradicate coca and opium plantations. They also investigated claims that Colombian troops had crossed into Ecuadorian territory while fighting against the guerrilla insurgency, violating Ecuador’s avowed neutrality toward the Colombian civil war.

Download and watch the video, here:

From somewhere in a country called América,

Dan Feder
Managing Editor
The Narco News Bulletin

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Capitol Insurrection As Seen From Abroad

In the wake of the white nationalist mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s pending second impeachment, I contacted journalists and activists overseas to get an idea of how the rest of the world currently views us.... More>>

Ian Powell: Health Restructuring Threatens Patient Voice

The opportunity for public voice is vital for the effective functioning of New Zealand’s health system. Inevitably voice boils down to the accessibility quality of comprehensive healthcare services for patients both at an individual treatment and population health ... More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Encircling China And Praising India: The US Strategic Framework For The Indo-Pacific

The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. “The US government,” he wrote in The Strategist , “has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents - its 2018 strategic framework ... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog