Experiences of life, faith and struggle

An important part of the Pre-Forum’s program was the presentation of different experiences concerning the struggles of the indigenous people and of socially excluded communities for land and a dignified life. The stories of massacres against indigenous people and the latter’s struggle for their land were in a vivid and fresh fashion by the Macuxí of the Roraima territory and by the SAPI group (India). An Indian religious woman was met with applause when she recounted her struggle to enable women from a slum in the State of Andhra Pradesh to organize themselves and fight for their rights. Her story was a testimony of the importance of the faith in God and in the people for keeping going in moments of despondency and when divisions arise within the same organization.