Saturday, October 10, 2009
the amazon up for mining, forestry, and dams! Peruvian Indians join together to fight
Amazonian rainforest and river in Peru
“If an oil company tries to come here, we will block its path and block the rivers. We will not let them in and we will take strong action,” Jempe Wasum Kukush, a local leader, said. Another, Tayajin Shuwi Peas, warns: “We are not scared and we will fight to the death over this.”
Adversity binds people together and these courageous people are saying no more and they are also taking action. Some have been killed but these indigenous people are fighting for their homes, their families and their lives and there is no second place for them.
Maori don't live in our national parks. But if our parks are abused in the way that the amazon might be, then isn't it the same result? For maori and these peruvian indians?
We must also fight the abuse of whoever is trying to destroy our whenua.
Footnote - Peru has 13% of the total amazon within it's national borders.