Gold or Water in El Salvador?

“Thirty years ago, several thousand civilians in the northern Salvadoran community of Santa Marta quickly gathered a few belongings and fled the US-funded Salvadoran military as it burned their houses and fields in an early stage of the country’s twelve-year civil war. Dozens were killed as they crossed the Lempa River into refugee camps in Honduras.

“Today, residents of this area, some born in those Honduran refugee camps, are fighting U.S. and Canadian mining companies eager to extract the rich veins of gold buried near the Lempa River, the water source for more than half of El Salvador’s 6.2 million people. Once again, civilians have been killed or are receiving death threats.”

Learn more in the article Like Gold for Water in El Salvador (The Nation) and in the new film “Gold or Water? The Struggle Against Mining in El Salvador,” co-produced by our colleague Ron Carver and narrated by Julian Bond. Please view and share.

Find more resources for teaching about the history, literature, and politics of Central America here.