Saturday, June 12, 2010
THE ACHUAR PEOPLE IN PERU
I wanted to dedicate my first blog on this website to the Achuar community in Peru.I have been doing tons of research on this topic and I felt that it was imperative to share this with the world.
My favorite actress in the entire UNIVERSE Q'orinka Kilcher, has been fighting for a cause that I truly believe is worth fighting for. Q'orinka (actress) is a strong supporter of indigenous populations around the world. If you haven't already heard, she was recently arrested for chaining herself to the fence of the white house. Check it out on YouTube! I'm proud of her for making such an extreme decision and her dedication has inspired me deeply...here's why..
Alan Garcia is currently the President of Peru. Peru is one of the most historical and beautiful places in the world. Alan Garcia recently met up with American President Barack Obama at the white house to discuss some important business like stuff. But he has been ignoring the pleas of his own people. He has been treating his own Peruvian people like dogs. He referred to them as "second-class citizens and barbaric savages." All because they were protesting to save their land. Alan Garcia has been giving up of their lands to oil and gas companies. More than 70% of Peru’s Amazon has been auctioned off to oil companies, without the Indians approval. The indigenous people have been suffering since the 1970's! They are the direct victims of oil drilling. Plus Petrol has been illegally dumping oil in thier rivers. They didn't even warn the indigenous people of the health risk and now their suffering because of it.
Celso Caffalon wrote an article on this problem and I wanted to post some of what he said on this blog. "What has just occurred in Perú last weekend represents one of the worst human rights abuses in any country in Latin America for the last two decades.
The criminal government of Alan Garcia recently massacred more than thirty indigenous Amazonians who were protesting against the government’s imposition of a dozen decrees that attack their rights to land, water, and the right to live in a contamination free environment. The indigenous peoples have named the laws which the homicidal Peruvian government is trying to impose “the death decrees”. There are indigenous organisations speaking of more than 100 dead, more than 200 wounded, and more than 20 activists “disappeared“.
To be quite honest with you it makes me furious. I don't understand why how people get away with such stuff. Some of the Peruvian people have been killed by the Peruvian police and their bodies were being dumped in a river. The government has been hiding the deaths of these peacefull protesters and they have been destroying the land. Are these people animals? How could you do that? Alan Gracia's greed and abuse has led to an appalling lust for profit. No responsable effort has been made to clean up this mess and take care of the injustice done to our people.
Here are some facts about the Amazon. The amazon basin is the earths biggest freshwater eco-system and resevoir for a fifth of our plantes fresh water. Peru has the largest butterfly species than any other country in the world. Lima is the capital of Peru. Peru is the third largest country in South America. Its twice the size of Great Britain,. 25.7 million people live in Peru.
ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT ALAN GARCIA IS A TERROIST AND A HORRIBLE LEADER. WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING THE ACHUAR PEOPLE, THE PERUVIAN PEOPLE, AND THE AMAZON OF SOUTH AMERICA. MY MESSAGE TO THE PERUVIAN PEOPLE IS TO HOLD STRONG AND CONTINUE FIGHTING. I WILL DO MY BEST TO BRING MORE AWARENESS TO THIS CAUSE AND SEEK JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinons without interference and to seek, recive, and impart information and Ideas through any media regardless of frontiers."
-UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.