In 1982, over 400 Maya Achí men, women, and children were murdered for opposing a hydroelectric dam under construction on the Chixoy River. The next year, the completed Chixoy dam flooded more than 30 Maya Achí communities.
In 2014, the first steps were taken toward justice when Guatemala’s President apologized to those impacted by the Chixoy Dam and massacres. Shortly after, the first reparations check was made to Maya Achí families. Watch and share this 4-minute video about the struggle for justice.
We stand with Maya Achí people and indigenous resource rights defenders around the world: Their safety must be guaranteed, and their rights to water, land, forests, and life must be recognized and respected.