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Proof ‘Death Road’ will destroy Peru’s uncontacted tribes

Source:  Copyright 2012, Survival International
Date:  August 16, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Controversial plans to build a ‘Road of Death’ through Peru’s Amazon have been dealt a severe blow after authorities confirmed uncontacted tribes do live along its proposed route.

This latest evidence weakens the case of an Italian priest, whose relentless battle to build the road ignores the existence of uncontacted tribes in the area.

Father Miguel Piovesan deems the road a ‘public necessity’, and despite widespread opposition, continues to lobby Peru’s Congress to rush the plans through.

However, new findings by Peru’s Department for Protected Areas, and Amazon Indian organization Fenamad, prove the lives of uncontacted tribes will be directly threatened by the project.

Characteristic signs, including barriers of broken branches across pathways close to the proposed route, show the uncontacted tribe’s clear desire to be left alone.

If approved by Congress, the road will cut through Peru’s largest reserve for ...

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