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U. D. W.

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?Sons and Daughters of the Earth?: Indigenous Communities and Land Grabs in Guatemala

In   the last ten years, the expansion of corporate sugarcane and oil palm   plantations in northern Guatemala has encroached on the lands of Maya   Q?eqchi? indigenous people. These  plantations have already  displaced hundreds of families?even entire  communities?leading to  increased poverty, hunger, unemployment, and  landlessness in the region. In  the  face of violent expulsion and incorporation into an exploitative  system,  peasant families are struggling to access land and defend their   resources as the basis of their collective identity as Q'eqchi'  peoples  or R'al Ch'och ("sons and daughters of the earth").



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