One month (July 2009) after a bloody clash between indigenous natives (Awajun), local migrants and the Peruvian national police, life outside the provincial city of Bagua, in Peru's north Amazon jungle, returned to normal.
On June 5, 2009 the Peruvian National 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.
According to Amnesty International more than 30 indigenous citizens and 22 police were killed. Some reports indicate 50 people were injured. The numbers are disputable depending upon who is questioned. Shortly after the mayhem, Peru's Congress repealed two key pieces of legislation that contributed to the protest.
The indigenous community commonly refer to the attack and the events that led up to it as El Conflicto (The Conflict). This is a portrait of the Awajun community and the way of life they sought to protect from outside commercial interests.