New film produced by Alianza Arkana brings to light the reality of life for indigenous peoples who live in parts of the Peruvian Amazon and the pollution that has resulted from half a century of oil exploration. It documents the struggles for self-determination and the voices of these groups who are demanding justice. Alianza Arkana are working with indigenous partners in Peru to create a clean, just and more sustainable future for the Amazon rainforest.
“We are not poor, We have everything. We have all kinds of natural resources within this territory. This is our market, our hardware store, our pharmacy. It has to be taken care of” Aurelio Chino Dahua, Quechua leader.
Throughout 43 years of oil exploration and exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon, levels of toxic waste are causing widespread illness and environmental destruction. It is particularly the areas around four major rivers, the Marañón, Tigre, Corrientes and Pastaza, that are feeling the effects the most. Since 2013 these areas have been considered environmental and humanitarian crisis zones.
In the face of this exploitation five indigenous communities, the Quechua, Achuar, Urarina, Kichwa and Kukama Kukamiria have unified to denounce the destruction of their ancestral way of life and the inaction of the government in the wake of social and environmental injustices. Pastaza documents the Quechua federation FEDIQUEP, who under leader Aurelio Chino Dahua, have demanded those responsible pay for these crimes. The story of resistance ‘We Can’t Drink Oil‘, is available on this website.
Alongside the film the website contains updates and information and encourages us all to get involved, in an issue that is not just confined to the Amazon but relevant to us all. Either you can donate, sign an Avaaz petition, offer your skills, spread the word, offer to support Alianza Arkana on the ground, or share your own ideas for the movement.
Film Trailer: Full film available on Pastaza website