Indigenous, African-descended and other traditional communities are caught in escalating violence from drug trafficking in Amazon “cocaine corridor.”
Along border with Venezuela, Colombian guerrillas lure unemployed Indigenous youths into drug trade, extortion rackets and armed conflict.
Before embarking on a perilous trek through the jungle, drug couriers in Colombia turn to shamans for protection.
The poorest narcos in the trafficking chain risk even their own children to deliver drugs to criminal organizations.
Miners dredging millions of dollars in gold from Brazil’s Puruê River devastate the environment and attract armed groups.
The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, is also a source and transit point for illegally extracted jungle resources and narcotics. As criminal economies expand, violence and deforestation worsen
According to a new study from RAISG, in just five years, the Amazon could lose almost half of what it lost in the past two decades.
At least six defenders of the environment have been killed in Latin American since 11 March, the date on which the pandemic was declared.
A team of 45 journalists from ten countries gathered to investigate episodes of violence against environmental leaders and their communities.
In Vaupés, a department in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous peoples cling to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A concession for the exploitation of coltan angers three communities: the leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has been violated.