On June 16 and eleven days after the June 5 horrendous attacks of the Peruvian government against the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon forest in Bagua, I interviewed one of the two Belgian Flemish volunteers and photographers who showed the shocking images of the attacks and were seeing worldwide.
Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu are volunteers of CATAPA, a Flemish organisation supporting local communities affected by mining in Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala. Last weekend Survival International released this exclusive interview with both of them:
As an Indigenous man from Peru, I am deeply saddened by the injustice and violence my people are facing. I am also very disappointed after volunteering for the Obama presidential campaign in 2008.
So I am asking you to please to share this video with your contacts, and to contact and ask the Obama administration and secretary Hillary Clinton to take a stand for justice and human rights in Peru, and to help protect the Amazon forest from oil, mining and logging.