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Indians Set Up Guard Posts to Protect Uncontacted Tribes

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There are an estimated 15 uncontacted indigenous tribes in Peru, all of which are being threatened by illegal logging that is rampant throughout the Peru-Brazil border. One such tribe is the Isconahua Indians.

Recently Peruvian Indians with indigenous organizations ORAU and FECONAU set up guard posts to protect the Isconahua reserve, an area established by Peru’s Amazon Indian organization, AIDESEP, to protect the Indians who live in the forest, according to Survival International.

“That local indigenous organizations have to protect isolated Indians’ reserves is a devastating criticism of the government’s inaction,” said Stephen Corry, Survival International director. “Standing by and ignoring the problem seems to be the government’s preferred tactic.”

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