Hundreds of indigenous families and a pristine jungle are being destroyed before the slow and irresponsible behavior of international organizations.
Those affected include families and communities of the Shuar, Achuar, Siona, Secoya, Cof'an, Shiwiar and Quichua nationalities in the provinces of Zamora Chinchipe, Morona Santiago, Pastaza, Napo and Sucumbios that are located in the area of conflict and are seriously affected by the war carried out by the Peruvian and Ecuadorian militaries.
Of these, 21 Shuar centers are directly affected by the war. Various Ecuadorian military detachments have been the targets of areal and artillery assaults by the Peruvians. The communities of Kapukna, Kutsunas, Pe'nas, Jempekat, Chichis, Tsapa, Tsuis, and Mayalikus are located near these targeted detachments. Women, children and the elderly have been evacuated to north of the Santiago river. People in other communities populated by colonists stay in their communities and do not want to leave.
Due to the bombings and military confrontations, the civilian population has had to take refuge in disorderly fashion with little concern for survival. At this moment there exists 1,050 families in the 21 Shuar communities located in the area of conflict with a population of about 8,400 people.
We call on national and international organizations to demand that the OAS and the Security Council of the UN to intervene in the conflict and obligate the Ecuadorian and Peruvian governments to stop the fighting.
President of CONAIE