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Meet the Amazon Tribespeople Who Beat Chevron in Court—but Are Still Fighting for Clean Water

(Photo: Alexander Zaitchik)   This article has been reposted. Original content for the publication can be found at www.takepart.com. Find the link at: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/10/30/amazon-tribes-chevron-lawsuit-ecuador-oil-pollution By Alexander Zaitchik Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance writer based in New Orleans. He has written for The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and many others. With the judgment […]

Community Profile: Mauricio Mendua

Sábalo, Cofán Territory Where were you born? I was born near the community of Cofán Dureno. At that time there were no cucamas (white people), there was no oil company, just us Cofán living in the forest. Why did you move to Sábalo? Once the company came life changed for us. The noise, the pollution, […]

Meet Fabian Umenda, Cofán Coordinator for Sinangüe

Fabian Umenda grew up in the Cofán community of Sinangüe, on the banks of the Aguarico River in the lush green foothills of the Andes Mountains. He is married and has three young daughters. Fabian spends his time working in his garden— growing yucca and plantains— hunting, and fishing. In his free time, Fabian likes […]

Salome Chuquitarco: 30 Years in Rumipamba

Unlike the majority of Rumipamba’s founding community members, Salome did not move to the area from one of the Kichwa communities near Tena. She and her husband José and their children moved from the highland city of Latacunga over 30 years ago. The government was offering land at a low price, and for once they […]