Hydro Power Over Homes in Peru
The homes of the Ashaninka people are threatened by the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Peru.
- The homes of the Ashaninka people are threatened by the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Peru.
- Six photos show the homes of native Peruvians which are under threat of destruction.
- Leaders of the Ashaninka in Peru fight against plans to construct a dam that will flood their land.
Tomás Munita, born in Chile in 1975, is an independent documentary photographer primarily interested in social and environmental issues. He has worked in Latin America, Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. He has received numerous awards, among them three World Press Photo prizes.
Since the early 2000s, most of those displaced have returned to inhabit their villages along the banks of the Ene River.
Now, however, they face a new peril: a 2,200-megawatt hydroelectric dam that would flood much of the river valley, and once again force thousands of people to move their homes.
Ashaninka leaders are fighting the dam, demanding through Peru’s courts that the government disclose all feasibility studies and other information about the proposed project.
Although officials say that local people would benefit from electricity generated by the dam, it is already clear that most of its power would be exported to Brazil.
Text and photographs by Tomas Munita
Victoria Kubirinketu, an Ashaninka woman who also lives in Tsiquireni, walks back to her village after collecting bananas.
Ashaninka children watch the Ene River in front of their village, Boca Sanibeni. This area would be flooded by the proposed dam.
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