Resettlement of the Retiro I and Zapote II communities

March 30, 2013

Thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada, between January 26 and March 30, 2013, the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone helped 34 members of five Guatemalan families living in the Adjacency Zone administered by Belize resettle into a new home in Guatemala. The resettlement project included surveying and updating the population censuses; purchasing 102 acres of land suitable for agriculture in Peten, Guatemala; constructing new housing with electricity, running water and a sewage system; moving the household goods from the old settlement; distributing property titles; and dismantling the old settlements. This activity eliminated an obstacle to the process of dialogue between both countries while respecting the human dignity and improving the living standards of the resettled families.

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