Indigenous communities in isolation leave their territory due to the advance of illegal activities in Madre de Dios

Indigenous communities in isolation leave their territory due to the advance of illegal activities in Madre de Dios
Indigenous communities in isolation leave their territory due to the advance of illegal activities in Madre de Dios

Indigenous peoples in situations of isolation and initial contact (PIACI) are considered the most vulnerable on the planet because they depend exclusively on the resources in their territories. Photo: Servindi

In Madre de Dios, indigenous communities in isolation Mashco Piro are in a serious situation of vulnerability, after it became known that some of them are forced to leave their territory to demand food.

According to the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Tributaries (FENAMAD), this would be due to the pressure of logging concessions on their ancestral lands, which include the Tambopata Provincein the Las Piedras River basin, where the Madre de Dios Territorial Reserve for isolated indigenous people is located.

Exactly in that place, on June 26, an unusual scene took place in the community of Monte Salvado: 24 indigenous people left their isolation during the afternoon hours to ask for bananas by signaling to the community members, who attended to their request with what they had available.

According to the portal Amazonian Watchmanthe situation was repeated the next day, on June 27, but this time with 52 indigenous people who again went out with the purpose of getting food from ten in the morning until five in the afternoon.

An average of 52 indigenous people came to the Monte Salvado community to ask for food. Photos: El Confidencial

Given the food shortages in the community of Monte Salvado, its members expressed their concern due to the lack of response from the State, specifically from the Ministry of Culture – the sector responsible for defending the policy of protecting isolated peoples – regarding their request for an emergency to guarantee the integrity of both communities.

Well, they fear that if they do not receive support, the arrival of more Mashco Piro indigenous people in search of food may trigger aggressive responses if they cannot be adequately cared for.

In this regard, in response to the alarm, Congresswoman Ruth Luque (Cambio Democrático) requested a more effective response from the Mincul, highlighting the impact of illegal economies in the Amazon, which would be forcing these peoples to abandon their ancestral territories.

“It is feared that this incursion could lead to a confrontation that must be avoided. @MinCulturaP has the authority to lead actions to protect and respect the rights of native communities and PIACI. We hope that @pcmperu pays attention to this issue,” Luque wrote on his X account (formerly Twitter).

The letter was sent on June 28 to the Minister of Culture, Leslie Urteaga

In response to the letter sent by Luque, the Mincul reported that it activated its action protocols to protect and guarantee the well-being of both the Mashco Piro as well as nearly 60 citizens of the Yine indigenous people residing in Monte Salvado.

This plan included the intervention of the Directorate of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (DACI) of the Vice Ministry of Interculturality, together with representatives of the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Tributaries (FENAMAD) and the Regional Government of Madre de Dios, who were jointly in charge of manage food and fuel for the inhabitants of Monte Salvado.

In addition, security and rights protection mechanisms were implemented for both the families of the Monte Salvado native community and the Mashco Piro.

Mincul statement following events reported in Madre de Dios

However, although the Mincul reaffirmed its objective of carrying out all the necessary actions to protect the rights and security of these vulnerable communities, as well as that of the inhabitants who live near the Territorial Reserve of Mother of God (RTMDD)effective protection remains a concern.

Well, the portfolio confirmed that currently at the control post of said reserve, which covers around 800 thousand hectares, It only has one agent in charge of this task in favor of these communities.considered highly vulnerable in immunological, territorial and social terms, since they depend exclusively on the resources available in their territories.

In the department of Madre de Dios there are approximately 36 indigenous communities. Among the main ethnic groups that inhabit this Amazon region are the Again, Matsigenka, Amahuaca, Harakbut y Fish Legs.

These communities maintain their ancestral traditions and ways of life, playing a fundamental role in the conservation of their territories and resources.

 
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