Juana Zuniga, Guapinol, partner of José Abelino Cedillo, one of the men who has been in prison for 15 months for protesting against the mining company in Guapinol.
"The struggle we have here is in defence of this lovely river. The mining company Los Pinares ha been causing damage here since 2018. We began our struggle when we couldn't use the water from this river for seven months, it's essential for this community. This river provides the water for more than 3,000 people in the community... We began our struggle, a non-violent struggle, we wanted to recover our river as when the mining company started work the water turned into thick chocolatey substance that even the animals didn't want to drink. It was sad, we had to start buying large bottles of water. But some people didn't have the money to do that, we suffered seven months with water like that. Thank God, the water is clean again, but the flow is reduced, we don't know what the mine is doing to make that happen. For us, water is life, it is eveything. We have eight men in prison in Olanchito, without any evidence against them, we want them back, and we want the mining company to leave."