DAY 18: WATER PROTECTORS
— LEARN —
For 20 months, Honduran water protectors have been unjustly imprisoned for defending the Guapinol and San Pedro rivers from mining contamination, and their families and other members of the communities have received threats. There have been a host of irregularities in the case, as well as disinformation and pressure tactics from the mining company. Human rights advocates have been urging their immediate release, especially due to risks of Covid-19 exposure in detention facilities, with one water protector already testing positive for the virus.
— PRAY —
Reflect on Pope Francis’ words on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2018:
“I feel the need to give thanks to God for ‘Sister Water’, simple and useful for life like nothing else on our planet. Precisely for this reason, care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative.”
— ACT —
- Call the U.S. embassy in Honduras, or if you have a close relationship with a member of Congress, ask them to call the State Department or embassy to urge immediate action with the Honduran government to release the water protectors.
- Ask your U.S. senator to co-sponsor S. 388, the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act, which includes a reference to the Guapinol case, if they are not already on the bill. You may find your senators’ contact information here.