Since 1996, indigenous peoples have been fighting against the concession of oil blocks, or plots on a map designated for drilling, to oil companies. The government has broken its own constitution to sell these lands to oil corporations, who vastly pollute the Amazon with oil pits that seep into the ecosystems of people who live off the land.

 

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Nina Gualinga is a spokeswoman for the Sarayaku in southeast Ecuador.

 

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