They attack a humanitarian aid brigade in Chiapas when it was distributing food to indigenous people; a woman was injured

The brigade distributed food to residents of Tabak, Aldama, Chiapas when they were attacked by an armed civilian group (Photo: Frayba.org)

A armed group attacked the humanitarian aid brigade with bullets of Cáritas San Cristóbal de Las Casas and the Trust for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico (Fisanim), when he distributed food to families from the Tabak community, Aldama, Chiapas.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), reported in a release that the attack occurred on the morning of November 18. Around 12:39, it was nun María Isabel Hernández Rea injured in the right leg.

According to Frayba, An armed paramilitary civilian group from the Santa Martha Sector, Chenalhó was responsible for the attack.

The Frayba received urgent and serious information from the Permanent Commission of the 115 Communards and Displaced Persons of Aldama about the shooting in the Tabak community, from 8:34 a.m., from the points of Tojtik, Telesecundaria and Telemax, in Chenalho.

From 8:34 a.m., Frayba received reports of the attack from the Tojtik, Telesecundaria and Telemax points, in Chenalhó (Photo: Frayba.org)

From 8:34 a.m., Frayba received reports of the attack from the Tojtik, Telesecundaria and Telemax points, in Chenalhó (Photo: Frayba.org)

A Fisanim’s testimony told Frayba what:

This is a criminal action, we had not been able to approach to bring them much needed food, people are in a food emergency situation because the bullets are daily in this community and in all of Aldama. We must join forces and indignation so that this situation stops now

Isabel Hernández, the woman who was shot and wounded is 52 years old, belongs to the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, collaborates in the Parish of San Andrés Larráinzar and is a member of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Houses.

“His pastoral work with the communities of Indigenous Peoples has been characterized by his social and prophetic work, building bridges of dialogue and peace, but also denouncing the injustices experienced by the Tsotsil families forcibly displaced from Aldama”says the statement.

The inhabitants of the region live in constant violence (AP Photo / Isabel Mateos)

The inhabitants of the region live in constant violence (AP Photo / Isabel Mateos)

In the document those affected ensure that the state and federal government, headed by Rutilio Escandón Cardenas and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, have been ignored before their calls to stop the armed attacks on communities of the Maya Tsotsil de Aldama people, which are experiencing a crisis of rights, food and health.

“The Frayba condemns this attack and holds the Mexican State responsible for these events for not guaranteeing the safety and integrity of the pastoral agents, from civil society organizations and journalists who enter, document, make the violence visible and accompany communities in forced displacement ”.

We demand that the Mexican State disarm and dismantle the paramilitary armed civil groups of Chenalhó, directly responsible for the armed attacks that have caused forced displacement in the Altos de Chiapas region and that put the lives of those who provide humanitarian aid to the population at risk, ”they added.

Frayba condemned this attack and held the Mexican State responsible for these events (Photo: EFE / Archive)

Frayba condemned this attack and held the Mexican State responsible for these events (Photo: EFE / Archive)

In accordance with Political Animal, the conflict between Aldama and Chenalhó started over the 60-hectare dispute on the border of both municipalities. The residents point out that the situation worsened due to the presence and action of armed groups, heirs of those who perpetrated the massacre of Acteal.

Although the federal and state powers have intervened between the two entities, a peace agreement has not been established to stop the armed attacks.

Meanwhile, the residents of Aldama report shootings, carried out with weapons of various calibers, almost daily.

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