Uncontacted, Nomads in the zone 88
During decades the Machiguenga, an indigenous ethnic group living in the Peruvian jungle, have run away from civilization. First they escaped from the diseases brought to their lands by the Spanish conquistadors. Then they had to flee from the rubber’s barons, at the beginning of the XX century, who where enslaving them and abusing from their women.
Today many of these families are living isolated in the Nahua-Kogapakori-Nanti Reserve, in the Cusco´s jungle trying to get back their traditions and customs.
In the last years, nevertheless, the civilization has once again threatened their peaceful life (come closer to their world). Under the reserve ground is hidden one of the world greatest natural gas field. Some plans have been designed by gas companies, and approved by the Peruvian government, to set up platforms and extraction wells inside the natural reserve.
These projects will impact around hundreds of hectares of the land where are currently living the uncontacted groups. The impact on the environment is so important that animals are fleeing, leading the indigenous families to search for food and shelter further.
The uncontacted people don’t have ID and most of them don’t even know how old there are.