SIGN TO CALL ON THE PERUVIAN STATE TO END VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHT TO HEALTH IN CUNINICO AND ESPINAR
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT THE PERUVIAN STATE ADOPTS EMERGENCY MEASURES TO RESPOND TO THE URGENT HEALTH NEEDS IN CUNINICO AND ESPINAR
Various Indigenous communities in the Amazon and Andes regions of Peru are experiencing health crises: they are exposed to and their only sources of water are contaminated with toxic metals, and the Peruvian State has not acted to address the situation.
Studies have demonstrated that the main water sources that these communities depend on are contaminated and that the residents of the communities are exposed to toxic metals and other chemical substances that are harmful to human health. Faced with these realities, the fact that the Peruvian State has failed to provide these communities with safe drinking water or with adequate healthcare constitutes a violation of their right to health.
The Indigenous community of Cuninico is located in the Urarinas district, in the province and department of Loreto in the north-eastern Amazon region of Peru. Reaching the community involves travelling from Iquitos, the capital of Loreto department, to the city of Nauta and taking a speedboat up the Maranon River, a trip which lasts about eight hours. The closest health centre to Cuninico is located in Maypuco, approximately one and a half hours away by boat.