Faces of South America
Bagua (Amazon), Peru
Gilmer Ugkaju Intakea Edad, 20, bottom, an Awajun, ferries passengers across the Chiriaco river. One month after a bloody clash between indigenous natives (Awajun), local migrants and the Peruvian national police, life outside the provincial city of Bagua, Peru has returned to normal. On June 5, 2009 the police, using tanks, helicopters, tear gas and firearms, attacked a roadblock approximately 450 miles north of the capital, Lima. Protestors had been blocking roads for two months to demonstrate their opposition to laws that gave logging, mining and oil companies access to their ancestral grounds - the Amazon.