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Dirty Water, Lack Of Public Oversight, Government Policies Contribute To Water Crisis In La Guajira, Colombia

VICE: A Severe Lack of Clean Water Is Killing Indigenous Children in Colombia
“…According to National Institute of Health director Fernando de la Hoz, ‘More people die of drought and dirty water in Colombia than from the armed conflict. And the risk of dying from illnesses related to water is four or five times higher in La Guajira than anywhere else in the country’… A close look at La Guajira’s water projects suggests that a lack of public oversight has played a large role in the crisis, along with government policies favoring business interests over human rights…” (McKenzie, 4/21).

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