way to achieve internal strength. Who from the Peruvian side of the border, has been in my view, a symbol of resistance against an entire economic policy of timber extraction, in solitary form, has been gradually expanding itsnetwork of allies for the titling of their land.There have also been conversations with Isaac and Benk Piyanko, Ashaninka leaders who play an important role inthe joint defense of a social and environmental policy for the region. The Ashaninka of the Amônea, since 2004,have been utilizing various strategies to protect their territory. It was they who, experiencing the direct impactsfrom invasions by loggers in various parts of their Land, called the world's attention to the border problems.In a conversation we had during the Seminar Edwin, Isaac and Benk recounted their views for me on the events onthe Acre and Ucayali border. I am pleased to present some of these.Edwin Chota:The community of Saweto represents a history we have been studying since 2002, when we began to organizeagainst the timber exploitation. In that year, when we organized in light of the Forestry Law (Lei Florestal), whichgranted concessions in nearly the entire Amazon forest of Peru, we initiated coordination at the regional level inthe province of Coronel Portillo. Prior to this, there was no knowledge that there were Ashaninka in the Tamayaregion, we were dismayed when we filed application for recognition, our very existence being in doubt.After many questions from the police about who I am, where I came from, what I do, we came to understand that,behind this, politically, we were coming face-to-face with an activity of the State. Only after great insistence did wehave the first meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture. Since then, we initiated thearticulation/coordination and we started to work with the government. At this point we had the recognition andbegan to denounce the illegal and indiscriminate splintering of timber stands in our region. It was a total disaster,there was plundering of cedar and mahogany.We began to denounce this with ever more people arriving, the authorities did not believe them. Only after manydenunciations, the Defensoria del Pueblo (Office of the Public Defender), installed its office in the city of Pucallpa.It was then that we saw a light. Although the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) say that they couldnot do anything because the whole region had been granted concessions, the Public Defender spoke of our right toland. But it was only in 2005 that the resolution came to recognize the Alto Tamaya. With regard to the title, wehad no further response. Saweto has been recognized since 2003, but we are among the 180 communities in theAmazon that still require [land] titles.We initiated this struggle with 36 families and, at present, we are 20 families enduring the entire negative force of the timber interests against us. Many communities have been illuded and convinced to leave their homes to workfor them. Unfortunately, a bar of soap, a cartridge and salt and deceive the families and, as there are noalternatives, people accept the job, take their children and leave their homes. These families are found scatteredthroughout the Tamaya river basin.Their community organizations are very fragile; the majority of leaders are in favor of the loggers. It is unfortunate but we are notable to prevent it without presenting another alternative.Therefore we are seeking support, to capacitate our raising theawareness of our people and to continue to confront theindiscriminate removal of timber in our region.