• Tue. May 28th, 2024

Illegal Drug Trafficking Threatens Indigenous Communities in North and South Kakataibo Reserve: The Urgent Need for Stronger Government Action

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Photographs reveal clandestine tracks and illicit crops in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve in Peru

The North and South Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve, created in 2021, has been heavily invaded by illegal activities. During an overflight on March 15, 2024, indigenous leaders and representatives from Aidesep and Fenacoka observed two other open pits in the forest and a large amount of illegal coca leaf crops. Satellite images from May 2023 showed deforested areas, unauthorized forest roads, and coca leaf crops within the reserve.

Indigenous organizations have highlighted the lack of concrete action by the Peruvian government to protect the Kakataibo people in isolation. Precautionary measures have been requested from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to safeguard the rights of the indigenous communities in the face of threats. Indigenous leaders on the overflight reported sightings of clandestine landing strips, deforested areas, and illegal crops throughout the reserve. They expressed concerns over the lack of protection for the Kakataibo people and the continuous advance of illegal activities in their territory.

The presence of drug trafficking poses a significant threat to the indigenous communities and the delicate ecosystem of the Amazon forest. Despite repeated requests for protection measures,

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsqwe.com, I am passionate about crafting engaging and informative articles that captivate our audience. With a background in journalism and a keen eye for detail, I strive to deliver content that is not only well-researched but also adds value to our readers' lives. From breaking news stories to in-depth features, I take pride in my ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with our diverse audience. When I'm not typing away at my keyboard, you can find me exploring new cafes, practicing yoga, or getting lost in a good book. I am thrilled to be a part of the newsqwe.com team and look forward to sharing my love for writing with all of our readers.

Leave a Reply