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?