The Andean Amazon Monitoring Project (MAAP) disclosed Satellite photos It shows how Mennonite communities He Forests were destroyed 90 hectares of forests In Padre Marquez District, Ill LoretoBetween August and September this year.
Despite that the same system insists Extensive evidence Provided by satellite imagery, Members of the Mennonite colony have repeatedly denied the authors of this environmental disaster.
Background in Peru
A project report sorry, In December 2021, 2017 Mennonite colonies were revealed They destroyed almost 4,000 hectares of forest in the Peruvian Amazon. In Masisea and Tierra Blanca districts Uzayali areaLosses of 918 and 2,628 hectares were reported respectively, while in Padre Marques in Loreto, the number of damaged forests rose to 421 hectares.
Also, it is noteworthy that Deforestation Buenos Aires in Pasco has reached not only the lands but also the borders of the indigenous community. Imiriya Regional Conservation Area is located in Masiya, Ugayali.
Who are the Mennonites?
According to a study published by Canada’s McGill University, the Mennonites are a branch of Anabaptist Christianity named after their religious leader, the Dutchman Menno Simmons. This sect arises as a result of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and its principles Non-violence, strong attachment to the land and isolation from what they consider the “outside world”.
Complaints in Latin America
According to Anabaptist Mennonite World Encyclopedia OnlineThey recorded till 2015 200,000 Mennonites settled in Latin AmericaThe most extensive colonies are Central America (50,000), Mexico (34,000), Paraguay (35,000), Bolivia (27,000) and Brazil (15,000).
One of the most recent complaints in this part of the American continent occurred in Colombia in 2021, when three Chikwani indigenous communities denounced that members of this religious group built more than 29,000 hectares of roads and 41 kilometers of lights over six years. It caused environmental damage in what was supposed to be ancestral territory Since 2017.
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