What started as an atypical end of the year, with lots of rain instead of the characteristic sun of early summer, turned into one of the biggest disasters ever experienced by Bahian communities. In the last few days, we have been following the desolate flood of news about floods, landslides and entire cities submerged by water, in all around 136 cities are in a state of emergency, especially in the South region, which was the most affected.
It is the worst flood in the last 35 years, the headlines say, a real catastrophe, around 136 cities are affected, more than 60,000 people are homeless.
It is no surprise to us that the federal government has not been moved. Thanks to the political feud from above, xenophobia and racism directed at our region, the northeast, and especially Bahia, we are not a priority.
We are seen by the south-southeast axis of the country when our waters are crystal clear and calm, when our people dance and welcome them with an open smile. Not now, not as we succumb to the mud, which is not a mere fluke of nature.
We know that the disasters that hit us are anything but natural. Even though attention is already focused elsewhere, it hasn’t been long since our beaches were taken by oil, a criminal spill that hit fishing and shellfish communities hard. Also the waters that rise more than normal, more than has been seen in three decades, is the result of the predatory exploitation of nature, disorderly urbanization, State negligence, climate change that does not begin or end in 2021.
Many quilombola and indigenous communities were affected and devastated by the floods, and it is mainly from them that FAQUIR has sought to publicize and support emergency campaigns. These communities know what ancestral knowledge teaches us, it is not the fault of the river, the rain, or the waters. The fault lies with the relationship we establish with nature, with the imposition of capital against our territories. This bill always arrives, sooner or later in all regions, and we know that it is always the poorest communities who pay the price, it is always those and those who cannot do much in the face of the work of a lifetime flowing down the street. . It is always the people from below who face the negative balance of the profits of mega companies and the State itself.
At that moment, solidarity of our people also emerges from the mud and rubble, hundreds of fundraising campaigns and volunteers focus on giving some immediate support to people who have lost everything. There are cities where even schools cannot serve as a place for homeless people, as they have also been destroyed, where drinking water and matches are needed, food that does not need to be cooked and everything else basic.
It has always been us for ourselves, and at this moment we also count on the solidarity of our comrades from other States. But that does not mean that we will close our eyes to the omission of this Government, they owe us, every penny spent on the Bolsonaro family’s festivities, every penny diverted and overpriced, a wealth that must serve the people.
The damage is incalculable for thousands of lives, despair takes over our daily lives and we will not remain silent in the face of it. We cannot naturalize these events, waiting for the next tragedy around every corner. We cannot continue to abandon the abusive use of our lands and waters, of our fauna and flora.
While those from above continue to play with our lives and territories, we know that real solidary support comes from the union of peoples, from the union of those who fight to survive and resist this destructive system and that is why we show solidarity with each and everyone who suffers. today in Bahia, and we use our media to publicize fundraising campaigns for social movements that have always been at the forefront of the fight against the oppressions of the capitalist system.
The Bahian population needs your support more than ever to continue resisting and rebuilding their territories, donate, share and take a stand.