As Firm as a Tree: Portraits of Diodora Henandez, a woman in resistance against Canadian mining
OCTOBER 19, 2011. The Dominion.
As Firm as a Tree
Portraits of Diodora Henandez, a woman in resistance against Canadian mining
SAN MIGUEL IXTAHUACAN, GUATEMALA- On July 7, 2010, Diodora Hernandez, a staunch anti-mining activist, was shot point-blank in the right eye.
The incident took place outside her home in the small community of San José Nueva Esperanza, in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, only a few metres from a fence that delimits Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine.
Diodora, who lost her right eye as a result of the attack, lives with her daughter María and grand-daughter Olga. One year after her miraculous recovery, Diodora’s anti-mining stance and activism remains as steadfast as ever.
“They tried to kill me because I do not want to sell my plot of land,” said Diodora while being interviewed on the local radio station The Voice of the People.
“People around here do not think about the future or their children, but only on the present, the money they can get for the present.”
James Rodriguez is an independent documentary photographer based in Guatemala. He publishes at mimundo.org.