Perverse tourism puts uncontacted indigenous health at serious risk

Perverse tourism puts uncontacted indigenous health at serious risk

Taken from the Facebook account of Fernando Valdivia

“Last week we had an unexpected encounter with this group of indigenous people on the Madre de Dios River, in the Manu National Park, we saw them from the river… from afar we could already hear a litany, a deep song that left us dumb ... later we learned that they were actually asking for food ... it was more sad than exciting because it is a group that goes out every year and is exposed to all kinds of people, even a trusted person assures me that he has heard them say COME HERE and SHORT. This means that they have had so much contact with those obnoxious PHOTO SAFARIS, that they already know English words to get their attention.

The residents of the nearby community of Diamante (Yine) communicate with them, they talk long. The traffic of boats in this sector is permanent and we have not seen a single sign in the nearby Shepitiari or Diamante warning of their presence and regulations to avoid transmitting diseases for which they would not have immunological defenses. This case is a challenge for the Vice Ministry of Interculturality, for FENAMAD, for the Regional Government of Madre de Dios and for the institutions related to this issue. It is time to act now.

By a happy coincidence these days two teams were in the area (FENAMAD and the Vice Ministry of Interculturality). I understand the need to achieve inter-institutional coordination and perhaps the formulation of joint strategies in SINERGIA.

This week those brothers looked very thin, what is happening to the animals they hunt or the fruits they usually collect? This is a pending investigation, but on this it is important to act now to avoid these contacts promoted by irresponsible tourism. "

The scene with which Valdivia opens his comment would correspond to a visit made to the area on August 18, a day before the sighting made by the Fenamad in the Yanayacu sector in the Alto Madre de Dios River.

As the indigenous organization reported a few days ago, on August 19, a family of Mashco Piro indigenous people was sighted in the aforementioned sector: a man, a woman and three children.

As is known, uncontacted Indians do not have the necessary defenses to face diseases that strangers may carry. A simple flu for them could be fatal.

In this sense, Fenamad asked tourism agencies to be investigated since there are suspicions of the sale of packages that include visits to spot isolated indigenous people.

Although the documentary maker cites someone who has heard uncontacted Indians speak in English to draw attention, the native organization of Madre de Dios maintains that they hardly speak the yine of the Diamante community chewed with the mashco pyro.

As reported by the federation today, the Vice Ministry of Interculturality is already informed of the issue. The organization remarked that the communities do not want more workshops with second-rank authorities.

They thus indicated that they are looking for the heads of the institutions to meet and establish concrete actions in health and say what to do if the isolated want to contact people from the communities. They also asked the government to establish a territory for the isolated ones.


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