While 500 children will leave their schools for the construction of a reservoir and dam in Chone, province of Manabí, residents of the community of San Pablo de Amali, in Bolivar, fear for a water shortage in the summer and a possible displacement from their lands or the construction of the Hidrotambo project.
Cases of possible displacements in San Pablo de Amali are between the 7 found by the Ecumenical Commission of Human Rights, who asked to consider the prior consultation to the communities to not to affect their rights.
President Rafael Correa denies traumatic damages and explains that all development work involves expropriation and other effects that are justified with a greater good to large majorities and to comply with all legal obligations.
However, to Elsie Monge, director of the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission (Cedhu), these cases could end in ‘massive movements’. In his weekly broadcast, President Correa answer her and said that the seven cases identified by the Cedhu in the provinces of Manabí, Zamora Chinchipe and Bolivar cannot be qualified as “displacements”. He said the facts do not correspond to displaced communities, but personal cases, that have received, at most, their just compensation.