Germán chub speaks about the impact a Canadian company has had on him
© James Rodríguez www.mimundo.org
Imagine finding out that your drinking water is polluted, the walls of your house have cracked, you are developing rashes on your legs or a neighbour has just been attacked. These are some of the impacts that communities abroad sometimes experience when Canadian companies start mining for gold, nickel, oil or other resources nearby.
When people are hurt by the actions of Canadian companies operating in other countries, does the Canadian government help them find justice in Canada? The sad answer is that it does not.
Germán Chub is a young man from the community of La Unión in eastern Guatemala. Germán (pronounced erMAN) loves watching soccer.
One day in September 2009, he was watching a game when he heard a disturbance not far from the field. He walked in the direction of the noise.