I write with the right

The legal consciousness of Panamanian Ngabe children migrating to Costa Rica for the coffee harvest and the vernacularization of the UN CRC

By Carrie Van Der Kroon

Alejandro (9 years) goes to school half days and otherwise "plays" on the finca, the coffee plantation. He points towards his older sisters: "They cannot read and do not go to school." Libia (14 years), also a sibling, explains: "They harvest coffee instead." Thousands of Panamanians of the indigenous Ngabe-Bugle peoples travel every year to Costa Rica to harvest coffee, mostly temporarily. They come from difficult circumstances: over ninety per cent of this group in Panama lives in extreme poverty. A majority of the migratory children (of all ages) work on the coffee fields. This book sheds light on the world of indigenous Ngabe- Bugle children, migrating and working from Panama on the Costa Rican coffee fields. It demonstrates and describes their experiences. All children agree that Costa Rica is beautiful, preti, as they say. Simultaneously they speak of violence, fears and deprivations. These children are both vulnerable and resilient. Their ideas do not always coincide with adult professionals or international human rights law. "I write with the right" illustrates children's consciousness of internationally codified rights and the reality on the ground. It furthermore demonstrates what actors and factors influence their realities and its implications for international human rights law, policies and legal theory.


Publication Date: 7/1/2017
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462402584