Illegal logging behind deaths of indigenous leaders
Assassination of forest defenders highlights extensive network of logging and the illegal timber trade.
Date Written: 29/09/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16811
"In the forest, the silence at night is absolute," says Sara, a settler who owns a plot of land in the middle of Peru's central jungle. "But suddenly, at 9 p.m. you start hearing chainsaws in the distance. I get up immediately and go quietly with my gun and my dogs to see where they are cutting down my trees. But I dont find the loggers. They hide. In the morning I find felled trees and cut planks that they were unable to take away."