Protection of un-contacted tribes is a significant priority in Peru. Peru is a nation that is home to several un-contacted tribes who live in the forests and mountains that straddle across this South American nation. Most of these tribes are off limits for tourists. However, some tribal groups who are in regular contact with government agencies do offer a peek into their lives, and help foreign tourists to understand the unique way of life these Peruvian Indian tribes live.
With that in mind, I would like to bring to the attention of our readers a unique and important protest that was observed on the 23rd of April, 2013. Survival International supporters across the world protested outside Peruvian embassies and consulates demanding that the expansion of the Camisea gas project end in Peru’s Amazon rainforest.
The project threatens the way of life of un-contacted Indians who have lived in these forests for thousands of years. Across cities like London, San Francisco, Madrid and Berlin protestors wore gas masks and helmets in order to depict gas workers at the Camisea gas project. The helmets and masks were also allusions to the harmful effects of gas projects in the Amazonia.
Oil canisters filled with the names of more than 120,000 people were delivered to Peruvian embassies, consulates and the Peruvian president. Indian Country Today Media Network reported on the 4th of March, 2013 that Peru recognizes 15 isolated groups consisting of more than 10,000 people. There are 5 territorial reserves which span across 10,860 square miles. Camisea project is Peru’s largest hydrocarbon project and can provide employment to a number of unemployed Peruvians.
I personally feel the government should take several precautions in order to protect the un-contacted tribes and facilitate the economic growth of the country. In situations like this, governments must recognize that there are several important issues at hand, each as important as the other. In this case, Peruvian government must ensure protection of native Indians and also facilitate green and environment-friendly gas projects.