Meet Yesica and Hector
They are members of the Harakbut indigenous community in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. They are defenders of the Amazon. This their message to the world:
“The destruction of the Amazon is not just the problem of Indigenous peoples, but of all humanity.”
Yesica Patiachi Tayori
“Without the Amazon, we will no longer exist. I am proud of my identity and I have decided with great conviction to defend my big home, to defend my life, which resides in the Amazon. I depend on the Amazon.”
Hector Sueyo Yumbuyo
How CAAAP is helping
In Peru, Development and Peace works with the Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica (CAAAP, the Amazon Center of Anthropology and Practical Application) to protect the rainforest its Indigenous inhabitants’ rights. The CAAAP was created in 1974 by a group of Peruvian bishops and anthropologists to train Indigenous elders, women and youths in community organization and the defence of territorial rights. Recently, CAAAP training helped Harakbut community leaders make their voices heard at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region.