“QUEREMOS LA PAZ, NO EL PETROLEO.”
Firma la carta diciéndole a las empresas petroleras y al estado colombiano que respeten el derecho del pueblo Siona de mantener su territorio seguro y libre del petróleo.
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¡Envía un directo al presidente Colombiano Duque para que respeten los derechos del pueblo Siona!
“Nosotros, el pueblo siona de Buenavista, siempre hemos habitado las riberas del Río Putumayo. Durante las últimas décadas la violencia del conflicto armado colombiano ha invadido nuestro territorio y nuestras vidas. Las amenazas que enfrentamos motivaron a la corte más alta de Colombia en declarar que nosotros, los Siona, estamos en riesgo de exterminio físico y cultural.
A pesar del riesgo a nuestra existencia, el gobierno colombiano ha licitado el derecho de extraer recursos en lo que nos queda de nuestro territorio a la empresa británica Amerisur. En 2014, cuando llegó Amerisur por primera vez, les dijimos ‘No.’ Hoy, después de que Amerisur vendió sus intereses en el petróleo dentro de nuestro territorio a la empresa chilena GeoPark, les decimos ‘No’ otra vez.”
“We, the Siona people of Buenavista, have always lived here along the shores of the Putumayo river. Over the last few decades the violence of the armed conflict in Colombia has invaded our territory and our lives. The threats we face prompted the highest court in Colombia to declare that we Siona are at risk of physical and cultural extinction.
Yet with our very existence at risk, the Colombian government has sold extraction rights over the only rainforest territory we have left to the British oil company Amerisur. In 2014, when Amerisur first arrived, we told them no. Today, after Amerisur sold their interest in the oil underneath our land to the Chilean company GeoPark. We say no again.
Our curacas, the most respected of our elders, drink yagé, also called ayahuasca, to communicate with the spirits living in the forest, to call forth the animals and fish, to care for our territory and our families. Through yagé, our curacas summon a vision for the health, safety and longevity of our people. That vision doesn’t include oil wells contaminating our rivers nor military interventions into our land to shield the oil company’s infrastructure and workers.
Even though the Colombian Peace Accords were signed in 2016 the violence along the Putumayo River continues. The oil operations nearby are already inflaming that violence, causing division amongst our neighbors, and putting the lives of our leaders at grave risk. Instead of protecting us, the Colombian government has abandoned us.
We are ready for peace. We must be able to hunt in our territory without fear, drink yagé at night without the unsettling sounds of oil operations rumbling nearby, and bathe in our rivers with certainty that they are clean. These activities are tied to our continued existence as Siona and tied to the continued protection of our forest.
Our demands are clear:
- That GeoPark permanently renounce its oil interests in the territories of the Siona of Buenavista.
- That the Colombian government guarantee the Siona’s right to keep our territory free of oil operations and immediately comply with the decisions of the two highest courts in the land, its own Constitutional Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, both of which require integral and urgent action to guarantee our physical and cultural survival as Siona.
Si’a re’ohuë bain huanare surupa canitoñë – To all the good people of the world, many thanks and goodbye.”