Health Emergency in the Shuar Community of Ecuador (5-27-20)

Health Emergency in the Shuar Community of Ecuador



Hello all! My name is Amalia Sirica, I am writing on behalf of Tuntiak Katan, the Vice Director of COICA, the organization that represents Indigenous leadership groups from all nine nations of the Amazon. Indigenous communities are essential in the war against climate change and in preserving the Amazon rainforest. See below for a message from Tuntiak:

“Taisha is a Shaur community that sits in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. It is made up of 3,000 families. I was born and raised in this community, and right now we are in the middle of a health crisis because of COVID-19. The families that live in this community are not receiving any humanitarian care. Our elders, who possess invaluable knowledge, are particularly susceptible to the virus, and the women and children are also vulnerable.”

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