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.
More: Why Indigenous Resistance Matters
Now that you're here:
We're asking you, our reader, to make a contribution in support of our digital guide in order to keep informing, updating and inspiring people to visit Peru. Why now? In our near 20-year journey as the leading English-language source on travel in Peru, we've had our fair share of ups and downs-but nothing quite like the challenges brought forth in the first quarter of 2020.
By adapting to the changing face of the tourism and travel industry (on both local and international levels), we have no doubt we will come out stronger-especially with the support of our community. Because you will travel again, and we will be ready to show you the best of Peru.
Your financial support means we can keep sharing the best of Peru through high-quality stories, videos and insights provided by our dedicated team of contributors and editors based in Peru. And of course, We are here to answer your questions and help whenever you need us.
As well, it makes possible our commitment to support local and small businesses that make your visit an unforgettable one. Your support will help the people working in these industries get back on their feet once the world allows us to make our dream of enjoying everything Peru has to offer a reality again-from its mouthwatering gastronomy, thriving Amazon and archaeological wonders such as Machu Picchu.
Together, we will find a way through this. As a member of our community, your contribution, however big or small, is valuable.