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Indigenous Guna to Leave Disappearing Island, But Panamanian Gov’t Has Not Prepared Relocation Site

HeadlineFeb 23, 2024

Human rights groups are warning the government of Panama is not prepared to help transfer some 1,300 members of the Indigenous Guna community from their homes on a small Caribbean island that is disappearing due to rising sea levels. Gardi Sugdub is off Panama’s northern coast and has faced some of the worst impacts of climate change. Indigenous people on the island have requested support from the Panamanian government since at least 2010 and are scheduled to move to a relocation site on mainland Panama by the end of this month. Human Rights Watch says the Panamanian government has yet to make clean water, sanitation services or healthcare available at the relocation site.

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