A group of leaders of the Asháninka community were murdered while on their way to meet fellow Asháninka community members in Brazil last week. The unfortunate events were confirmed by Vice Minister of the Intercultural Ministry of Culture, Patricia Balbuena.
Reportedly, Peruvian and Brazilian Asháninka members had been routinely meeting in an effort to “monitor and safeguard their territories from the frequent invasion of illegal wood loggers and narco-traffickers,” said Beto Borges, Director of the Communities and Markets Program of Forest Trends.
Asháninka people, from both countries, have been in headlines the past few months since making rare appearances Many blame illegal loggers for forcing the indigenous groups out of their habitats.
One of the deceased has been identified as the head of the community of Alto Tamaya – Saweto, Edwin Chota.
The president of the Association of Native Communities Asháninkas Masisea and Callería (Aconamac), Sebastian Reyder Quinticuari, believes that the murders occurred Monday, September 1st. Due to the fact that the members were in a remote and isolated area of the jungle at the time of the event, the exact location can not be determined at the moment.
Revengeful illegal loggers are prime suspects, according to the Asháninka communities.