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Peru moves to create huge new indigenous reserves in Amazon

By February 28, 2018

Major step taken by government Multi-Sector Commission following 15 year process

Two “naked” people spotted hunting armadillo. One “naked” family on a river-bank. About five other “naked” people – plus houses, settlements and crops – seen from small planes. Fresh footprints on a path, on a tree trunk, and along a Canadian oil company’s seismic lines. Noises in the night. Whistling and birdsong imitation. A loosed arrow. Fishing utensils, abandoned fires, and food stolen from inhabitants in the surrounding areas. . .

This is just some of the vital evidence currently being used to promote the establishment of two new reserves for indigenous peoples living in “isolation” that together could extend for more than 2.5 million hectares across one of the remotest parts of Peru’s Amazon, along the border with Brazil. If created, they could become the biggest indigenous reserves in the country.

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