One year on, where is Sandra?

Sandra Viviana

Today marks the first anniversary of the disappearance of 26-year-old Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, an environmental engineer and activist from Cali, Colombia.

At the time of her disappearance, Sandra was on her way to the National University in Palmira, Valle del Cauca Department.

Her identity card and cell phone were found a few days later near where she was supposed to catch a bus.

Stop the El Quimbo Dam project

View of river with wooded banks on a sunny day

The River Magdalena, Colombia. Photo: RitaCuba

The El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project is the first dam in Colombia built entirely by a multinational corporation, Emgesa. The dam would create a lake of about about 8,250 ha, almost twice the size of Lake Vyrnwy.

Pressure the Colombian authorities to find Sandra Viviana

Photo of Sandra Viviana

Civil society organisations in Colombia have reported the disappearance of Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, in Cali on February 17 2011.

Sandra is a 26 year-old environmental engineer who works on water, basin protection and wetland issues. Her work involves advocating for the equal participation of local communities in the environmental decisions that affect them. She used to work with Censat Agua Viva / Friends of the Earth Colombia on forestry issues.

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