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Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain

18.09.2018
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Experts believe that action is urgently needed to expose horrifying labour conditions across Paraguay's Chaco region"For me, there are two very important anthropological concepts," says Patrick Friesen, speaking Spanish with a thick accent. He is a descendant of protestant Mennonites who left Europe to found agricultural colonies in the arid region of the Paraguayan Chaco; he is also the communication manager of Chortitzer, one of the three large Mennonite cooperatives that dominate the economy of this inhospitable part of the country."The first [concept] is that people from the north[ern hemisphere] need to stockpile. They work from sunrise to sunset, investing, so they can survive the winter. But a person from the south, to put it crudely, can sit under a mango tree and wait for a mango to fall on his head. Nature provides security," he says, differentiating what he believes to be the mental maps of the Mennonites and the indigenous peoples who have been living together in the Chaco for a century. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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