Posts Categorized: Extractive Industries

RELUFA publishes report on diamond mining sites in Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon is a participant of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The Kimberley Process is meant to increase transparency and oversight in the diamond industry, as well as eliminate conflict diamonds. RELUFA, the Joining Hands network in Cameroon, is a member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC). The KPCSC observes the… Read more »

Strengthening the Kin-dom in Perú

By Milushka Rojas | Coordinator, Red Uniendo Manos Perú Perú is a country blessed by its natural riches in which we continue to learn to value cultural, geographic, economic, and political diversity. I remember my parents were always questioning and reflecting on the problems of Perú. In 2000, when our country was experiencing the end… Read more »

Major Victory Against Mining Toxins in Peru

By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker, Peru Inside the government palace, sitting at the opposite end of the conference table from Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez, Yolanda Zurita, representing communities affected by toxic metal poisoning in Peru, posed the question, ‘Why not ease our suffering by implementing our dream – a comprehensive and integrated health care… Read more »

Celebrating the Life of Jean Marie Kabanga

Joining Hands mourns the loss of a friend and a powerful advocate for change in Congo By Valery Nodem | Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff   We are very saddened about the passing of our friend, colleague, and partner Jean Marie Kabanga. Jean Marie was the coordinator of the Platform of Organizations of Civil Society Intervening… Read more »

The Eyesores that Give us Sight

Sojourning with Joining Hands towards Global Solidarity By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru In a shanty town on the edge of Manila, families gathered their belongings as bulldozers waited on the fringes ready to raze their homes. Preparing to receive world leaders for a gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the government of… Read more »

Partners in La Oroya Join Presidential Commission on Environmental Health

By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru In the midst of a pandemic lockdown in Peru, Joining Hands partners continued their advocacy work online and gained a significant victory in the fight for environmental health justice in La Oroya. By Supreme Decree 034-2020 PCM, the Prime Minister of Peru declared in July the formation of… Read more »

Remembering the massacre of indigenous protestors in Peru

By Jed and Jenny Koball | Mission Co-workers Peru Earlier this month marked the 11th anniversary of ¨El Baguazo¨ – the massacre of indigenous protesters in the Amazon at the hands of the Peruvian National Police.  Of course, remembering such recent history of oppression today in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and… Read more »

Pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities in Peru

The Platform for Environmental and Human Health in Junín, which is presided over by the Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Joining Hands Peru) issued a public declaration with regard to COVID-19, the vulnerability to communities where extractive activity is happening, and a call to improve the health attention they are receiving. Here is an excerpt of… Read more »

Two decades of journey for social change

Joining Hands Cameroon celebrates gains for communities By Jaff Bamenjo | RELUFA In September 2009, I joined RELUFA, the Joining Hands network in Cameroon, as an intern after finishing my master’s degree in development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. As a young Cameroonian graduate, I came back home with a… Read more »

Falling in Love with Peru

By Ellie Stock | Teaching Elder, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it…Psalm 24:1 For I am longing to see you…that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith… Romans 1:11-12 Fifty-five years ago, in the spring of 1965, as a Junior in college, I was preparing… Read more »