Indigenous race into Ecuador’s Amazon to escape coronavirus

Waorani Village

by Kimberley Brown, 

Last week, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE) closed all access to the rainforest, denying entrance to both tourists and Ecuadorian nationals. They also demanded that all oil, mining, hydroelectric and logging companies that operate in the rainforest stop rotating their personnel and bringing people in from the cities, and suspend all activities near communities, says CONFENIAE President Marlon Vargas.

Fearing repeat of history, Indigenous groups in Ecuador rush back to their territories in an attempt to escape COVID-19.

The indigenous population in the Americas was wiped out by the flu and measles, among other diseases, brought by Europeans.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indigenous-race-ecuador-amazon-escape-coronavirus-200325132155853.html

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