Pope Francis has staked his legacy on defending the poor. But in places like La Orora, Peru, degraded by 77 years of smelting heavy metals, the poor simply want to work, no matter what Francis says.
A Catholic nation wrestles with the economic implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.
Pope Francis' has called for a change in the global economy and how markets work, but not all priests—even in a heavily Catholic country like Peru—are fully on board.
The indigenous tribes emerging from Peru's jungles fear for their lands and livelihoods. Without government protection, they may not be able to survive.
Pope Francis' encyclical on global warming gives Peru's farmers ammunition to take on corporate mining interests.
Peru's indigenous tribes depend on dwindling resources in disappearing forests. As they increasingly emerge from the jungle, these hunter gatherers face unfamiliar pathogens, people, and laws.
Heather Pringle explains the history of contact between European and indigenous Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans, tracking the historical spread of disease and warfare.
Journalist Andrew Lawler takes us on a journey through Peru to reach the Curanja River, where indigenous people live without access to electricity, clean water or health care.
As Peru's indigenous peoples make themselves increasingly visible, locals attempt to understand these neighbors, and activists and governments take steps to prevent the spread of disease or hostility.
In the 1950s, a visit by a single outsider sickened a band of tribespeople.
Local religious and political leaders in Puerto Esperanza, Peru, advocate for the construction of a road connecting the town to more populated areas. Many environmentalists oppose them.
Isolated peoples in Peru’s Amazon are at the center of an international struggle.