Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Tamaquito-Community-Member-27MZIFLW42Q9.htmlConceptually similarTamaquito Community ChildGP01L14Completed★★★★Tamaquito Community ChildGP01L16Completed★★★★Tamaquito Community MemberGP01L17Completed★★★★Tamaquito Community MemberGP01L18Completed★★★★Tamaquito Community ChildGP01L19Completed★★★★Tamaquito Community ChildGP01L1ACompleted★★★★Tamaquito Community ChildGP01L1BCompleted★★★★Tamaquito Community ChildGP01L1DCompleted★★★★Woman and ChildGP01L1FCompleted★★★★View AllGP01L1HTamaquito Community MemberA member of the Tamaquito community which lives near the Cerrejon open cast coal mine. The community is composed of 38 families and defines itself with the name "Wayuu". They live from agriculture and have lived in the area since long before the company started the mining operations. The mine has not only transformed the traditional life of Wayuu people but also severely contaminated their environment. Currently, the people of the community have no access to education and health. Locations:Colombia-Guajira-South AmericaDate:29 May, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Steve MorganMaximum size:3328px X 4992pxKeywords:Cerrejon Zona Norte (CZN) coal mine-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Day-Energy-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Mining-Portraits-WomenShoot: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.