The story is a familiar one here in Nova Scotia. With full support of the government and without meaningful consultation a precious metal mine is built in a community, leaving residents worried about blasting, water quality and other environmental concerns. The same thing is happening in Guatemala, only much more brutally so. A Canadian-owned mine is vehemently opposed by local Xinka communities, and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking The Silence Network (BTS) tries to amplify their voices internationally.

“I want to remind people that we are in this together, we are all impacted. If Canada is your front yard, then Africa is your backyard.” I spoke with Sudan expatriate Huwaida Medani about her worries that once the virus takes hold in Sudan, there will be very little to slow it down. All this just when things started to look up as the country got rid of dictator Omar al-Bashir.