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Narco-Traffickers Threaten Tribes Near Purús

Increasing pressure in the regions surrounding Peru and Brazil’s protected areas has allowed access to narco-traffickers.

August 2011

“SAO PAULO (AP) — Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers recently overran a base of the National Indian Foundation in a remote region of Brazil’s Amazon, the foundation said Tuesday. The base was “invaded and looted late July by Peruvian drug traffickers” who were armed and chased away members of an isolated tribe living in the area, said the statement from the foundation, which is known as Funai and oversees indigenous issues in Brazil.”

 

Voluntarily isolated tribes everywhere are facing new and unprecedented pressures – and the region near the Peru-Brazil border, very near to the Purús, has recently come under international scrutiny.

As pressure mounts, Peru’s protected areas, including the Alto Purús, will become ever more important. Read a follow-up from CNN here. For a Spanish version from El Comercio, Peru’s leading daily, click here.

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