At Last the Soap opera is over.
One of the most emotive and responded-to blog posts I have ever done was this one here, on the plight of the amazing farm Machacamrca. http://www.hasblog.co.uk/no-machacamarca-this-year
I did and update a few months back here http://www.hasblog.co.uk/machacamrca-update where things looked to be getting better
It was a truly sad event. The farm was taken from the family by the local community, in an unlawful land grabbing episode, which shocked the family and blew my mind that can happen in the modern world.
So this is in Lupe’s words
Two weeks ago, I finally got the Community to agree to give back our Machacamarca house and land. Last week I finally entered the house as rightful owner, with the community present and -believe it or not- beaming and friendly as marshmallows. The truth is I got them almost to the point of going to prison for robbery and they were glad to come to an agreement, just to get out of their predicament. Nonetheless, the house was completely sacked and the land is overgrown with weeds. So sad.
I’m going back tomorrow to start the rebuilding process, and perhaps next week I can get a good look at the coffee plants, though I was told a large overflow from the community water tank,killed quite a few plants from being waterlogged. No coffee this year, but some small amount next year, and then better and better. I shall send photos next week, and keep you updated. I add a few photos from last week, to give you an idea of how things are, and the second picture is of me and our young and feisty attorney, raising our arms in victory.
In any case, we’re back, and back legally, winning out fight fair and square. I know you will be happy for us!
BEST NEWS ALL YEAR !!!
This is a picture of the canopy I recorded my favortie in my mug from here