01 Jun '18, 7pm

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As for the A’i Kofan indigenous community, their young people have never lived in a primary forest. And their adults, such as 60-year-old Ermenegildo Criollo, only have distant memories of what their community was once like. “I was 6 years old and I saw when the oil company came to this area. I was little, and then I saw an oil spill and formation water, and I used to bathe in the contaminated river. We had lizards, capybaras — everything died,” Criollo says. (Formation water is water naturally commingled with oil and gas deposits that can be a source of contamination when released by drilling.) In his youth, the oil industry also left him with two incredibly painful experiences: the deaths of his two children at the ages of 6 months and 3 years. His first was born sick, according to Criollo, because his wife became pregnant during a series of oil spills. His second child ...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/ecuador-tribe-sees-how-...

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