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Fighting to protect Peru's uncontacted tribes

This Nov. 2011 image made available by Survival International shows members of the Mashco-Piro tribe, photographed at an undisclosed location near the Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. According to Survival International the image is one of the closest sightings of isolated Amazon Indians ever recorded with a camera. (AP/Diego Cortijo,Survival International)
Just 100 km away of Macchu Picchu, Peru's most popular tourist site, up to 15 uncontacted indigenous tribes live a nomadic existence threatened by oil exploration, illegal logging and disease.

While Peru has created some reserves to protect the tribes, the international Camisea Gas Project threatens the borders of the territory, and brings with it the possibility of disease exposure to a vulnerable population. Recent expansion of the project has drawn criticism from environmentalist and indigenous rights campaigners.

Surival International recently launched a campaign aimed at encouraging tourists visiting Machu Picchu to pressure the Peruvian government to advocate on behalf of the threatened people.

Rebecca Spooner is Survival International's Peru campaigner. She joins Worldview to explain how the exploration for oil and gas in Peru's remote Amazon region has led to devastating consequences for the area's indigenous population, and what Survival International is doing to protect the rights, and lives, of the Mashco-Piro, Nanti, Yora and other uncontacted people. 

View Survival International's slideshow on mineral extraction and its effects on remote tribes.

 

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