afro ecuadorean

An Afro-Ecuadorean woman argues with police guarding a fence in front of the National Assembly in Quito on May 5, 2010 in protest of a proposed water privatization law that could impact the country’s Indigenous population. The protesters argued that the law would allow mining and electric generating firms to divert water that is otherwise available to the Indigenous groups. They are seeking a special counsel to govern water rights. (source)

If any country understands human mobility, it is Ecuador, because it itself has produced many people that have left and started to live in other countries and all these people also fall under the new Organic Law of Human Mobility, which establishes rights and obligations for migrants, immigrants, persons in transit, those who require international protection and victims of crimes of human trafficking and illegal migrant trafficking. People have the right to be treated with dignity, to have security, education, to work with dignity, to live with dignity, health. That is the meaning of not being illegal. You can’t penalize someone who is fleeing to save their life or for not having a passport. In Ecuador, there are no refugee camps, people are integrated. I met a group of Afro-Ecuadorean and Afro-Colombian women that had created an association and started their own business of selling textiles and clothes, and they were such a success that they were giving jobs to other Ecuadoreans. Those are the stories that move you.
—  Irene van Rij, head of UNHCR’s Field Office in Guayaquil, Ecuador