Confirmation of Secret Tracks and Illegal Crops in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve in Peru through Photographs

Uncovering Illegal Drug Trafficking in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve: A Harrowing Tale of Isolation and Vulnerability

On March 15, 2024, a clandestine landing strip was discovered in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve in Peru. The reserve is intended for indigenous people in isolation and initial contact. A photograph taken during an overflight revealed a furrow cutting through the dense green mantle of the Amazon forest, exposing a wide line of land in the middle of the territory. This confirmed that drug trafficking activities were encroaching on the territory of the Kakataibo people.

Indigenous leaders from the Native Federation of Kakataibo Communities (Fenacoka) participated in the flight and expressed their concern over the situation. The flight was organized by the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (Aidesep) and included representatives from the Ministry of Culture (Mincul). The purpose of the flight was to verify the extent of illegal activities within the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve, which was only categorized in 2021.

Satellite images from May 2023 had already shown evidence of clandestine landing strips, unauthorized forest roads, and deforestation in and around the reserve. This prompted indigenous organizations to request precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to protect

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