Let's prevent a fourth generation from being enslaved in Ecuador!
When it was still day and there was daylight, Adolfo Quiñonez paused from working the machines and, looking at a child in the distance, he let out a sob or two: "I hope that he doesn't become like me, a slave of this abaca producer", gesturing to little Leandro. Excerpt from The Invisible Slaves of Abaca Fiber.
Since 1963, the Japanese company Furukawa has subjected hundreds of families, mostly Afro-Ecuadorian, to slave conditions. At least three generations have been born in these dingy, undignified spaces, without basic services. Children, young people, and the elderly have lived and worked there, some of whom have not had their births registered.
According to Ecuador's Ministry of Social Inclusion, 81% of the 294 families on these plantations live in extreme poverty (238 families); 17% in poverty (50 families); and only 2% are above the poverty line (6 families). Many people do not know how to read or write.
In two encampments, several families are organized and have sued the Ecuadorian state for the violation of their human rights. However, they need your support to continue on the path towards truth, justice, and reparation.
We need sheets, blankets, pillows, mattresses, non-perishable food, clothes, or pots and pans in good condition*
If you wish to contribute money:
Checking Account No. 02-00517903-1
Center for Economic and Social Rights Foundation - CDES **