Water bearer (Mexico)

Water bearer (Mexico)
1900 h. Water bearer in Palín (México) © Museo de América

Water bearer (Mexico)

In 2015 Mexico had met the Millennium Objectives for water, with little difference between urban homes (97% availability of drinking water) and rural ones (92%).

15% of the population of Mexico are indigenous citizens, concentrated in the poorest rural areas, and are over-represented among homes with no running water.

In the 21st century the indigenous communities of Palín, through local organisations, are claiming their territorial rights and promoting their communities culturally, socially, economically and in terms of health. They are fighting a long battle in defence of their territorial rights and the conservation of their forests and other resources such as water, which the Government is allowing private investors and trans-national companies to exploit.