Ashininka inspect the border. Acervo CPI/Acre
Fifteen Ashaninka arrived in the forest last week and stated that the
illegal exploitation of timber in Peru continues at full steam, and iscrossing into Brazilian territory.
By Maria Emília Coelho, CPI/AC, 05/07/2011 Following the denunciation of the invasion of loggers in the TerraIndigena Kampa do Rio Amônia, in Acre, fifteen Ashaninka indiansundertook a an inspection mission, between August 29 and September 2, on the Brazil-Peru border, a region high in concentration of mahogany and cedar.The group, formed by ten indigenous participants from the village of Apiwtxa, in Acre, andfive from the community of Soweto do Alto Rio Tamaya, in Peru, identified a numerousvestiges once again proving that Peruvian loggers are active in Brazilian territory.The Ashaninka mission found a camp at approximately 200 meters from the border line of
Brazil, and near to a road. “
This is a known strategy. They set up camp near the border toremove the timber from Brazilian t
Isaac Piyãko, leader of the Apiwtxavillage.According to the indigenous peoples of the Soweto community, another encampment exists, between markers 42 and 43, where the loggers are working with a motorized winch,a system of exploitation that causes very high environmental impact.During the mission, the Ashaninka from Peru also encountered a group of eight Peruvianand Brazilian youths in the forest
, the majority being minors. “
The adult in the group wasnot there, only his son. They sat and listened like children to our appeal to not go to the
explained one of the indians who was in the expedition.Within the T.I. (Indigenous Territory) Kampa do Rio Amônea, on the Brazil side, and
between markers 43 and 44, “
cut timber was found and several cedar, mahogany, copaiba
copal and cumaru marked for felling and removal”, continued Issac Piyãnko.
Denunciation and Action
The Ashaninka Association of Rio Amônia posted the news of the invasion on its blog, onAugust 29, and sent the denunciation to the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the