Los Angeles Times 2005 "Column One" article

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Los Angeles Times 2005 "Column One" article - By Chris Kraul Times Staff Writer SALAMA,...
By Chris Kraul Times Staff Writer SALAMA, Honduras — Father Father Andres Tamayo, for eight years the priest for this farming town in the piney woods of central central Honduras, doesn’t look like a man who can marshal a thousand thousand followers at a few hours’ notice. notice. The 48-year-old Roman Catholic priest is, in his own words, a “short Indian,” balding and lumpily built, who usually dresses in faded jeans and rag- gedgolf shirts. Away from the pulpit, he easily is lost in crowds. Yet when he preaches, his arms waving and his tenor voice booming, his usually timid flock of poor farmers and careworn homemakers is galvanized, eager to be transformed into a corps of shock troops to stop what he calls indiscriminate environmental environmental destruction by the country’s loggers. After decades of mismanaged loggingthat has erased half of Honduras’ forests, rural communities communities such as Salama are left with what residents say are the consequences of deforestation: ruined water supplies, eroding topsoil, thinned-out wildlife and adried-out climate. Many say they have nothing to lose by following following Tamayo. “The padre is our guide,” said Alonso Santos Paz, an impoverished impoverished farmer who said he had grown desperate with the failure of his bean and corn crops the last two years for lack of water. “If it weren’t for what our family members send us from the [United]States, we’d be dying of hunger here.” Adozen times last year, the people of Salama and thousands of other followers blocked highways highways and bridges to stop timber lorries, took over city halls and shut down logging operations here in Olanchoprovince, which has the nation’s largest timber COLUMN ONE Creating a Logjam in Honduras 8 As deforestation erodes rural life, a priest has taken on the timber industry and forced an unofficial freeze. Critics call him inflexible. [ See Honduras, Page A10 ]

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  1. The Los Angeles Times,
  2. 21 Mar 2005, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
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