Recently released photos prove the existence of uncontacted tribes within the Amazon, on the border of Brazil and Peru. While the community seems happy and healthy, they are living under the constant threat of illegal logging.
Peru is one of the last countries to ban rare rainforest wood logging and loggers looking for sought-after mahogany are pushing farther and farther into the forest to find it. Tribes that have not had contact with the modern world are now in danger of illegal logging within their territory, which could prove deadly.
The isolated people are vulnerable to diseases of the modern world, such as the flu or the common cold, that could devastate their populations if they are transmitted by the loggers. They are also in danger of conflict that could arise as they try to protect their land against loggers or conflict with other tribes if they migrate into Brazil.
Survival International is hoping that the worldwide spread of the photos will force the Peruvian government to recognise the existence of the tribe and work with Brazil to protect their territory from loggers and others looking to exploit the natural resources the land holds. Survival International said:
Survival and other NGOs have been campaigning for years for the Peruvian government to act decisively to stop the invasion, but little has been done.
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said, ‘The illegal loggers will destroy this tribe. It’s vital that the Peruvian government stop them before time runs out. The people in these photos are self-evidently healthy and thriving. What they need from us is their territory protected, so that they can make their own choices about their future.
‘But this area is now at real risk, and if the wave of illegal logging isn’t stopped fast, their future will be taken out of their hands. This isn’t just a possibility: it’s irrefutable history, rewritten on the graves of countless tribes for the last five centuries.’
Find out more information on the tribe, photos, and updates of Survival International’s campaign to protect the tribe’s lands.
To urge Peruvian President Alan Garcia to protect the tribe from illegal logging, sign the petition here.
Photo credit- Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival
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