Paraguayan indigenous group asks for help from Spain
An indigenous Paraguayan community in the Chaco region has turned to Spain for help with the supply of drinking water and other basic resources following a lack of attention from local authorities, it said. -we learned.
The community of Casanillo, in the district of Manuel Irala Fernández, department of Presidente Hayes, turned to the Spanish government, where their demands reached the Senate, according to the Ultima Hora of Asunción.
In addition to the lack of water, the community also suffers from food shortages, poor education, a lack of medicine and the absence of medical professionals, the Paraguayan newspaper said.
In addition to this, many indigenous people also do not have identity papers or an indigenous card issued by the Paraguayan Indigenous Institute (INDI).
The group has only been helped by individuals and by Sister Graciela Ponce, a nun who has been visiting the villages since 2016, bringing bottles of water and urging Spanish Senator Carles Mulet to help the community.
The indigenous group turned to the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid) for further assistance, explained Última Hora. Sister Ponce is scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday to elaborate on the group’s needs.
The Casanillo indigenous community of the Paraguayan Chaco is made up of approximately 3,000 indigenous people from various ethnic groups, among them Toba Maskoy, Enxet, Sanapaná and Angaite, which in turn are subdivided into a total of five villages.
(Source: Ultima Hora)