Justice After 40 years of Oil Contamination!

 
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Justice After 40 years of Oil Contamination!

Justice After 40 years of Oil Contamination!
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Sundown on the Pastaza River

Sundown on the Pastaza River
A lone Quechua warrior, standing overlooking the Pastaza river contemplating the destruction across his territory due to oil exploitation. (view small | med | large | orig)

Contamination Everywhere

Contamination Everywhere
Contamination is rampant in the region. There has been 40 years of oil exploitation in the region, with regular spills and little or no clean-up. (view small | med | large | orig)

Sick Baby, Likely Suffering from Oil Contamination

Sick Baby, Likely Suffering from Oil Contamination
In areas where there is oil contamination, mysterious health problems arise that communities have never seen before. Communities are asking the government to investigate the link and provide aid. (view small | med | large | orig)

Aftermath of a Spill

Aftermath of a Spill
A community member watches over contaminated waters. In the rainforest, water is everywhere. Contamination spreads through everything, affecting all life in the interconnected and fragile ecosystem. (view small | med | large | orig)

Child with Skin Problems

Child with Skin Problems
Skin disease is one of the most common afflictions suffered from oil contamination. Indigenous life centers on the river and waterways--when the water is polluted, there is no alternative source. (view small | med | large | orig)

It Just Takes One Weak Link

It Just Takes One Weak Link
The equipment used by the oil companies is rudimentary and, especially in the rainforest conditions, easily worn down. This is why we need environmental monitors to walk by regularly to report spills. (view small | med | large | orig)

Oil Company Covers Up Lake to Hide Contamination

Oil Company Covers Up Lake to Hide Contamination
Aurelio Chino Dahua, leader of the Quechua on the Pastaza, sits in a pose of shock and resignation in a field of mud, where a small lake once teemed with fish, birds, and other life. (view small | med | large | orig)

Quechua "Warrior" Preparing for Peaceful Protest

Quechua "Warrior" Preparing for Peaceful Protest
Face paint, headbands, and national flags - Quechua warriors peacefully protest for their rights and for justice. (view small | med | large | orig)

Crowd Waits for Ministers to Arrive

Crowd Waits for Ministers to Arrive
After 40 years of oil exploitation across their ancestral lands, the Quechua people are finally visited by government officials for the first time to see with their own eyes the plight of the people. (view small | med | large | orig)
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Organization

Alianza Arkana

Yarinacocha, Ucayali, Peru

Project Leader

Matthew Watherston

San Juan de Bautista, Maynas, Loreto Peru

Where is this project located?

Map of Justice After 40 years of Oil Contamination!