August 4, 2014

The Amazon’s Uncontacted

One of the world’s most isolated tribes has reached out to neighbouring communities after suffering a violent attack.

The tribe, which are believed to be part of the Panoan linguistic group, crossed the border from Peru to Brazil after suffering attacks from drug traffickers. Seven of the tribe approached settlements along the Evira River seeking weapons and allies after members of their tribe were murdered.

The border between the two countries is becoming an increasingly popular route for coca smuggling – the raw material of cocaine.

Smuggling and illegal logging are forcing isolated groups into new areas, increasing their risk of contracting diseases. The seven tribesmen that approached villages along the Envira River have had to receive treatment from FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous people’s authority, after developing respiratory problems. They are said to have now recovered and returned to their forest homes.

Pressure on Peru’s rainforest people continues to grow, with 70% of the country’s rainforest designated towards oil and gas exploration and the controversial Camisea Gas Project being given the green light to expand. As well as destroying huge areas of pristine forest, such projects bring hundreds of oil and gas workers into the lands of isolated tribes, introducing disease and violent encounters, and causing the animals that they depend upon to flee.

Cool Earth supports Peru’s rainforest communities by continuing our community-led conservation work on the arc of deforestation – forming a shield to block access to the interior rainforest and protect the voluntary-isolated communities that live there.


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