With the COVID-19 pandemic, an unpredictable and changing scenario prevails. However, despite the uncertainty, what urgent measures emerge to help indigenous peoples?
Indigenous communities “are almost three times more likely to live in extreme poverty, and therefore to be more prone to infectious diseases.”
Anne Nuorgam, President of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (1), warned about this seeking to provoke the action of the states – and why not, of cooperation -, to attend to the cry for help of the native communities amidst the pandemic.
However, this cry for help is not surprising or unexpected. The gaps and deferral of the native populations are historical, structural and today more than ever in force, despite being at the gates of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Peru.