THESE ARE THE KICHWA PROTESTING OIL CONTAMINATION IN PERU'S AMAZON

Peruvian media site La Mula has published a gallery of some of my photos taken during a visit last week to the upper River Tigre in Peru's Amazon where 100s of Kichwa men, women and children, from 11 communities, had gathered together to blockade the river with two cables. The Kichwa had been there exactly one month and are making a series of demands from the government and the oil company currently operating in the region, Pluspetrol, after more than 40 years of operations and severe contamination in a concession called Lot 1-AB. The blockade was suspended the day I visited, pending a meeting with Pluspetrol and the central government to be held this week. The Kichwa’s demands include compensation for 'environmental damages' and to be consulted about the re-licensing of the concession. For more details see my soon-to-be published article in The Ecologist. (09-02-2015)

David Hill