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Work is about to resume at the Nduyka village of Moiwana, in Eastern Suriname, where new homes are erected as part of a verdict by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
dWT photo / Hugo den Boer
Terrain at Moiwana is being cleared in preparation for the upcoming construction work. Five houses have already been built.
Already five new homes have been built, an unknown number is yet to be constructed. ,,We prefer the government would deposit the money as a lump sum, so we can speed up construction”, says Patricia Meulenhof of the Foundation for Moiwana’s Development (FOM). ,,As it stands now, the money is given in installments, which impedes the process. Meanwhile, building materials become more expensive”.
Moiwana was the scene of a massacre on November 29, 1986 – at the start of the civil war – when a government army platoon attacked the village, killing 39 of the Nduyka villagers, most of whom were women and children. The 130 survivors fled to neighboring French Guiana. In August 2005, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, ordered the Suriname government to pay 3 million USD in compensation to the survivors and to establish a 1.2 million USD fund for the development of Moiwana, all within five years time.
Source: de Ware Tijd Online