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Indigenous and Mennonites at Loggerheads Over Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon (Spanish)


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The invasion and deforestation of communal lands in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest is a recurrent...

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A deforested land for agricultural crops on August 22, 2021, in the Indigenous community Buenos Aires, in Masisea, Peru. Image by David Díaz Gonzales/Agencia EFE.

The cool morning wind and the sun's rays caress the back of Policarpo Sinarahua Taminchi (50 years old), head of the Buenos Aires Indigenous community, located in the Peruvian province of Ucayali.

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As they walk, he and his companions observe how deforestation is advancing in the forests since a group belonging to the Christian Mennonite movement moved into part of their communal territory five years ago.

Buenos Aires is located seven hours from the city of Pucallpa, and to get there, one must travel by outboard motorboat (called colectivo rápido).

A boat is shown near the Indigenous community Buenos Aires, in Masisea, Peru, on August 22, 2021. Image by David Díaz Gonzales/Agencia EFE.

An Indigenous woman is shown in the Indigenous community Buenos Aires in Masisea, Peru, in August 2021. Image by David Díaz Gonzales/Agencia EFE.