Photo of Displaced Maya children from Chamula Village selling Pepsi and Coca-Cola in La Hormiga shantytown, San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
La Hormiga is an indigenous shantytown settled by the Maya people expelled from Chamula Village because of religious differences. In November 1974 more than 1,400 men, women and children from Chamula Village were herded to La Hormiga into corrals meant for sheep. The Chamula municipality bosses are powerful Pepsi and Coca-Cola distributors. These children living in the shantytown of La Hormiga move the soft drink cases, pick up empty bottles and load the vendor's soft drink carts with more Pepsi and Coca Cola.
In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). State and federal authorities generally turned a blind eye to these human rights abuses, downplaying them as local conflicts over religious conversion and defense of cultural traditions. The expelled have organized themselves to fight not only for religious rights, but also for political and economic justice based on a broad understanding of human rights. The Mayas of Chamula who were expelled for not being "traditional" enough are basing their new communities on traditional values of duty and reciprocity."
Location of picture - La Hormiga - San Cristobal De La Chiapas Mexico
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