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The cool morning wind and the sun's rays can be seen across the back of Policarpo Sinarahua Taminchi (50), the head of the Buenos Aires Indigenous community, located in the Ucayali region of Peru. As they walk, he and his companions observe how deforestation is advancing in the forests since, five years ago, a group of people belonging to the Christian Mennonite movement settled in a part of their communal territory.
This locality is seven hours from the city of Pucallpa and, to get there, one must travel in an outboard motor boat (known as a "colectivo rápido"). One can also use the route along the river from Pucallpa to the town of Masisea, and from there travel by motorcycle cab to the community. Forty-seven families belonging to the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people live in Buenos Aires.
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