Felipe Jácome’s Portraits of Activist Ecuadorians in the Amazon

January 14, 2015

By Brienne Walsh


“My name is Jimena. I am a woman of the Shiwiar nationality. I love my land, the nature, I love my animals, my monkeys, my fish, my rivers, the air we breath to live. This is why we’re against oil exploitation. I don't want the company to destroy our land. When they come in we will fight until they leave. That’s all I have to say.”

For the indigenous women of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, the fight to protect the environment is not motivated by idealism. Rather, it is a matter of life and death. Their ancestral lands are in danger of being destroyed by state-run oil companies. After a proposed international effort to raise money to protect the lands was deemed a failure, the...

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