This Blog chronicles the journey of documenting indigenous conflicts and protests against billion dollar extractive companies in Peru (oil, mining, hydroelectricity).

Join us as we travel around Peru from the Andean Highlands, to the depths of the Amazon Jungle, and into the intellectual circles of Lima. We will be updating with exclusive interviews from Tribal Leaders, International Human Rights Lawyers, Environmental NGOs and the voices of people most affected by these practices. 

With only a few short weeks to go before the new Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala is sworn in, communities are banding together to demand change for future generations. The time is now. These communities want their voices heard by any means possible, from strikes, to road bloquades and nationally visible prostests. 

We are dedicated to understanding the nuances of this conflict and searching for sustainable alternatives - both environmentally and socially.  We hope you will join us!

Un saludo desde Peru! 


Kristen Davis and Michela Fitten


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    Michela Fitten | July 22nd, 2011
    Life in the Amazon Rainforest cycles on: sunshine, rain, agriculture, commerce, oil exploitation, urban sprawl, roads, trucks, deforestation, water contamination, extinction, and the rapid demise of the world's lungs and airconditioning system. The...
  • Michela Fitten | July 19th, 2011
      If the Amazon Jungle is the heart of mother earth then the Amazon River is her main artery.  For 40 years oil drilling has inched its way from the outskirts of the Amazon Basin and today has arrived, syringe in hand ready to injecting...
  • Michela Fitten | July 19th, 2011
    There is a very real possibility that I am a spy. At least in the eyes of many indigenous peoples in Peru. And with reason. Tienen Razon. I am a Gringo. I am Anglo. Fair skin, chestnut hair, and less than perfect Spanish. Many indigenous Peruvians...
  • Michela Fitten | July 13th, 2011
    (Post Dated: June 31st 2011) The strikes have ended. The government has relented. At 10 AM we sat in the Puno office of Los Andes the most respected newspaper in the region. By NOON we are on a minibus headed to a mining town. The recently paved...
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    Michela Fitten | July 7th, 2011
      [[wysiwyg_imageupload:382:]] The sales clerk at the Bus ticket counter, looks at me amusedly when I ask to purchase tickets to Puno - a city nested on the fringes of Lake Titicaka, the southern most state in Peru, bordering Bolivia. Poor,...
  • Michela Fitten | June 24th, 2011
    Keiko support in the wealthy suburb of La MolinaLima is freckled with make-shift billboards: the ripe orange “K” for Keiko and the red and black “O” for Ollanta are stained across thousands of brick walls throughout the city. Keiko Fujimori, a left...
  • The Amazon: "Lungs of the Earth". Unsustainable Exploitation: Cancer.
    Michela Fitten | June 24th, 2011
    I write this inaugural post from Lima. For the next 10 weeks I will be traveling in Peru with my partner Kristen Davis investigating and documenting a sensitive socio-politico-enviro issue: the indigenous fight  for human, land and...