Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Soldiers-27MZIFLW4SED.htmlConceptually similarA SoldierGP01L1LCompleted★★★★Local ResidentGP01L1JCompleted★★★★Farmer and CattleGP01L1ICompleted★★★★Mining OperationsGP01L1YCompleted★★★★Mining OperationsGP01L1ZCompleted★★★★Cerrejon Mine Road SignGP01L12Completed★★★★Child on Cerrejon Open Cast Coal MineGP01L21Completed★★★★Village nearby Cerrejon Coal MineGP01L1TCompleted★★★★Tamaquito Community MemberGP01L1HCompleted★★★★View AllGP01L1KSoldiersA soldier of the community of Chancleta, on the edge of the Cerrejon open cast coal mine. The community is under constant threat of relocation due to the expansion of the mine. The mine company has been putting pressure on the inhabitants in a new and sinister way, using "divide and rule" tactics to weaken and ultimately break up local communities in order to evacuate the area and expand the mine. Locations:Colombia-Guajira-South AmericaDate:29 May, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Steve MorganMaximum size:4992px X 3328pxKeywords:Cactus-Cerrejon Zona Norte (CZN) coal mine-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Day-Energy-KWCI (GPI)-Men-Military-Mining-Three people-Trees-Uniforms-WeaponsShoot:Coal Mine Affected Communities Documentation in ColombiaColombia is the fourth largest coal exporting country in the world. The Cerrejon Zona Norte (CZN) mine on the Guajira peninsula is the largest opencast coal mine in the world. The site is also infamous for the widespread human rights violations against indigenous and Afro-Colombian people. The CZN mine covers 150 square miles in southern Guajira, the site consists of an integrated mine, railroad and a coastal export terminal. The Colombian government claims that the mine brings progress to the poverty-stricken region of La Guajira. But the reality is that Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities are under siege by the mine as much of the land close to the mine is uninhabitable due to blasting, dust and contamination. Miners and local communities suffer from poor health and the loss of land, homes, livelihoods and even life. The surrounding air is polluted by fly ash and methane and the water is contaminated by waste sludge and a cocktail of other chemicals. Local communities are being displaced by force to allow the expansion of the mine.