Aug 3, 2018
Peru's Amazon: Where roads change lives
"Thanks to the construction of this road, the lives of local people have changed," he says. The president of Peru at the time, Ollanta Humala, formally objected to the law in December 2015 and it was eventually shelved, but satellite images suggest the road continues to be extended regardless. President of the Inter-Ethnic Association for Development of the Peruvian Rainforest which represents all the indigenous groups of the Peruvian Amazon, says roads have not helped local people. "In some areas we have seen illegal mining. Roads have also led to an influx of other actors such as drug traffickers and people traffickers." Anyone seeking to build a new road in the Amazon will still need to seek approval from the ministry of the environment but local politicians who start building illegally often find support among small farmers, like Mr Condori, who insist that new roads have transformed their lives.
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