Assignment for Le Monde with an article from journalist Amanda Chaparro.
"Sequestrations, assassinations, torture... The Amerindian chiefs undergo the violence of those who traffic - in particular drugs and wood - on their territory and live in permanent insecurity.
He had given us an appointment in Aguaytia, the last big town before entering the indigenous territory. Then, we were to join together his village, Yamino, in the heart of the Peruvian central Amazon. But at the agreed time, Herlin Odicio, young cacique of the Kakataibo ethnic group (about 5 000 people), did not show up. His cell phone was turned off. Was he afraid at the last moment, he who is threatened with death by drug traffickers? It was necessary to leave to meet him, to borrow a small road dented through immense palm plantations. In this region of Peru, the deforestation has already done its work and the palm oil business is in full swing."

Herlin Odicio Estrella, Amerindian leader of the kakataibo ethnic group, in the forest on the outskirts of the village of Yamino, in Ucayali, on May 8, 2021.

Production of coca leaves, region of Ucayali, Peru, May 8, 2021.

Gathering of indigenous leaders of the Ashaninka, Kakataibo and Shipibo-Konibo ethnic groups of the Amazon, in the forest of Yamino, May 8, 2021. They announced the taking up of arms in self-defense against drug traffickers who had invaded their territories and killed nine defenders of the territory.

In the village of Yamino, region of Ucayali, in Peru, on May 6, 2021. The production of leaves of coca comes from a long indigenous tradition. Before the peak of drug trafficking, its consumption was associated with Amerindian rituals, health and agricultural work.
In the village of Yamino, region of Ucayali, in Peru, on May 6, 2021. The production of leaves of coca comes from a long indigenous tradition. Before the peak of drug trafficking, its consumption was associated with Amerindian rituals, health and agricultural work.
Yamino village rangers and national police return from a patrol to demarcate Kakataibo territory and find visual evidence of illegal coca leaf plantations for drug trafficking, May 7, 2021.
Yamino village rangers and national police return from a patrol to demarcate Kakataibo territory and find visual evidence of illegal coca leaf plantations for drug trafficking, May 7, 2021.

Hugo Guerra Garcia, kakataibo leader and former leader of the village Sinchi Roca takes up arms against drug traffickers, in the village of Yamino, Ucayali region, Peru, May 8, 2021.

Gathering of indigenous leaders of the Ashaninka, Kakataibo and Shipibo-Konibo ethnic groups of the Amazon, in the forest of Yamino, May 8, 2021. They announced the taking up of arms in self-defense against drug traffickers who had invaded their territories and killed nine defenders of the territory.