Peru acts to save uncontacted tribes

By - 03 February, 2011

Peru’s authorities have announced that they will work together with Brazil to stop loggers entering isolated Indians’ territory along the two countries’ joint border.

The move is the first success of Survival International’s campaign to protect the uncontacted Indians of the Peru-Brazil border.

Global coverage of the newly-released photos made public this week has pushed the Peruvian government into action.

In a statement released February 2nd, Peru’s Foreign Ministry announced that they will “establish contact with Brazil’s FUNAI institute [Department of Indian Affairs]… to preserve these peoples and avoid the incursion of illegal loggers and the depredation of the Amazon.”

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, “This is a really encouraging first step, let’s hope their declared intention turns into real action quickly.”

See the original photos of one of Brazil’s uncontacted tribes just click here.

You can find out more about Brazil’s uncontacted tribes here.

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