“For many years in the Peruvian Amazon, the indigenous Cocama people were not regarded as human beings - but were badly treated; they were exploited, and used for work in the rubber industry, timber harvesting and oil exploration."
Alfonso Lopez Tejada, leader of the Cocama, told a meeting of the Ecclesial Pan – Amazonian Network, REPAM. - 2016 -
“We recognize that the Catholic Church was the first to write our history, accompany us in our struggle for life. Because we are fighting, but do not demand much, only we demand respect. The Cocama peoples have knowledge have culture, we have dignity. Ku-Kama means “the man who lives (at the breast) of the earth’.”
“Currently, one of the big problems we suffer is the pollution caused by oil companies. For 45 years, several oil companies have extracted thousands of barrels of oil. Forty-five years in which we are suffering the pollution of our rivers and land; 45 years in which oil companies have left only poverty, have depleted our forests have depleted our rivers and lakes. “
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