The water supplying many of Kyrgyzstan’s farmers flows from Uzbekistan. Rarely there is enough for everyone. The water comes from glaciers that are disappearing.
“During the summer time, there are daily conflicts over irrigation water […] They are usually between villages, sometimes inter-ethnic and people have killed each other over irrigation water.”Tynar Musabaev, executive director of the Central Asian Alliance for Water
“We fight over pastures and water. That is just what life is like here […] The young men gather together, they block the road with their cars and then they fight. […] If there are any further water shortages then there will be even greater struggles. God knows what might happen,”Mashrap Toichiev
Read Katie Arnold’s report for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Ernesto Londoño reported for The New York Times from deep inside Brazil’s Amazon Forest where the Munduruku tribe is protesting illegal gold miners and others exploiting their territory. A dangerous stance in the current political climate.
“Before, we had a lot of food here, but since the water became dirty, the fish vanished […] We became concerned about the future of our children.”Osvaldo Waru Munduruku, village chief
Meanwhile in the UK, Extinction Rebellion protests are still blocking streets.