The Mysterious Death of Marcelo Rivera

by Andrew Stephens-Rennie

Our friend Jamie Moffett, director of the film “The Ordinary Radicals” that followed Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw on their Jesus for President Book Tour recently posted this clip on his blog. Earlier this year, Jamie was down in El Salvador working on a documentary project.


While he was down there, he came across the story of Marcelo Rivera, an environmental and anti-mining activist who was disappeared and later found murdered. Rivera was working to draw attention to the harmful effects of a gold-mining operation led by the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Company.

This week, according to Democracy Now, another “prominent anti-mining activist has been assassinated in El Salvador.” According to the organisation, “thirty-two-year-old Dora “Alicia” Recinos Sorto was shot dead near her home. One of her children was also injured in the shooting. Sorto was an active member of the Cabañas Environment Committee.”

The CEC has been active in campaigning against the reopening of a gold mine owned by Pacific Rim. What’s more valuable, gold or lives?

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Andrew is a writer, dreamer and organizer with a keen interest in developing leaders in faith, compassion and justice.

Andrew serves on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC as Director of Ministry Innovation, with primary responsibility for St. Brigids, an emerging Christian community where questions are honoured, faith is nurtured, and discipleship pursued.

2 Responses to “The Mysterious Death of Marcelo Rivera”

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    […] late 2009, we posted a clip from Jamie Moffett’s “The Mysterious Death of Marcelo Rivera.” The MCC’s work actually brings this a lot closer to home. According to their website: […]


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