Oaxaca, Mexico, 2010 - 2012
The region los Chimalapas is located in the isthm of Tehuantepec in the State of Oaxaca with borders to Veracruz and Chiapas. It is the biggest still existing ancient forest of Mexico, but even though it is very unknown by the people in the neighboured states. There are only few roads leading into the forest, with few villages around these roads. In every part of the region they have very different and specific problems.
In the western part there are still the native people. But people from all over Mexico live in the eastern part. They came there because it was not safe in their hometown or they did not have a job nor land, and here they could settle down where ever they wanted to. The government of los Chimalapas wanted them to live there to defend their property, because Chiapas started to send Companies in this region who would cut the trees, saying, that this land belongs to Chiapas.
The people in this eastern part live under very simple conditions. In one village they organised themselfs solar panals, otherwise, they would not have light. Different ethnies come together in one village that means organising the living together is quite difficult. They have to organise themselfs because the government of Mexico doesn‘t help a lot nor does the government of los Chimalapas. Every family has its own land they cultivate, more or less well, because some of them don‘t have the knowledge. They don‘t sell much of their products to people outside of the region because the roads are either bad or the distance is too long, or both. Most of the families have members living in the towns around this region, inside, the children don‘t have an improving future. Even the teachers come from „the outside“.