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By Jorge Agurto
The epidemic would be affecting one hundred percent of the Nanti who live in the towns of Sagondoari, Marankeato and Montetoni.
At least the epidemic would have claimed the lives of ten children and some adults, reported the Amazon organization Aidesep. There are also dozens of infected babies in a growing expansion that threatens to leave this indigenous ethnic group without children.
Three mothers and three Nanti babies - two women and one boy - were rushed to Lima. They are at Dos de Mayo and Hipólito Unanue hospitals. It was learned that other seriously ill patients did not agree to leave their area when they saw that their other relatives are dying.
On Saturday, April 25, a delegation of doctors traveled to the communities of Montetoni and Marankeato and was pending to reach the community of Sagondoari.
Discovery of the situation
The devastating situation was discovered by chance by officials of the Ministry of Education who visited the Nanti people to carry out a Socio-educational and Sociolinguistic Diagnosis and found the macabre reality.
During his stay in the Montetoni community, two children died, a 4-year-old named Isaías and a 9-month-old baby.
The situation is so serious that seven infants were taken by helicopter by emergency to the Camisea Community Health Center and three babies also traveled to Lima accompanied by their young mothers.
It should be noted that the Health Situation Analysis (ASIS) of the Nanti People of Alto Camisea emphasized the extreme biological vulnerability of the Nanti population and the latent risk of disease transmission “that can acquire epidemic character with unpredictable consequences among the population in isolation." (page 161)
Despite this, the government and the company deployed a strategy creating a series of de facto favorable conditions for the expansion of the extractive activity of hydrocarbons within the area of the Kugapakori Nahua Nanti y otros Territorial Reserve.
Part of the actions was "to put into the mouth of those segments that are in a situation of initial contact (...) a series of demands that are interpreted at the convenience of the managers."
This is how the report warns The battle for the Nanti. Interests and overlapping discourses in favor of the extinction of the Kugapakori Nahua Nanti and Others Territorial Reserve, published in April 2014 by the Peru Equidad Center for Public Policies and Human Rights.
Among the alleged priority demands of the Nanti population was the request for national identity documents (DNI), which would facilitate access to the Comprehensive Health System (SIS).
This caused the Vice Ministry of Interculturality to authorize the entry of personnel from the Culture sector and the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC) to provide DNI, which, as it can now be verified, has not served them to provide adequate health coverage.
The desire to show the Nanti as a population that is less and less isolated or more contacted led Ollanta Humala, president of the Republic, accompanied by ministers of State and the vice minister of Interculturality to visit Montetoni, bringing gifts such as plastic cribs, blankets and other items as a gesture of direct contact and public attention.