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Monday, January 26, 2009

Luis Ángel Saavedra, "Awas unite to fend off threats," Latinamerica Press, January 22, 2009.

Indigenous group on both sides of the border need each other to protect their land and autonomy.

  "They're killing us in Colombia."
Freddy Guanga

Members of the Awa indigenous people of northern Ecuador and southern Colombia say that despite the political border dividing them they need each other to fight a common threat: the appropriation of their lands.

Since 2007, the 32,555 members of the Awa people, who live on close to 435,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) on both sides of the border 317,000 hectares (783,000 acres) in Colombia and 116,560 hectares (288,000 acres) in Ecuador) have been undergoing a unification process to maintain their lands.

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