The Shipibo Radio Movement

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In the Peruvian Amazon, Shipibo language radio programs act as a bridge between urban and rural communities.

How important can a radio broadcast be for a community?  For the Shipibo speakers of the Peruvian Amazon, it can be life-changing.

Shipibo indigenous activists in Ucayali use radio programs as a bridge between urban enclaves and distant communities, connecting those who share a common culture and language.

The broadcasts are a bridge to the outside world: a call for help amidst a dangerous struggle for their land and livelihood.

Telesur informs that Peru is the 4th deadliest country in the world to be an environmental activist with at least 57 murdered since 2002.  In fact, “in 2014, four Ashaninka Indigenous environmental leaders were murdered for defending their land against illegal logging.”

The activists who run the program seek to form greater cohesion among their communities.  They are linked not only by language and culture but also shared struggles related to climate change and deforestation.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.