A new indigenous tribe has been identified in Peru. The Yines are a nomadic people who have never had contact with the outside world. They were discovered living in a national reserve of the country’s Amazonian rainforest.
The government has promised the tribe protection, but that’s increasingly difficult to do. Drug traffickers continue to push further into native lands to grow coca plants; and communist guerrillas have infiltrated the forests.
The worst culprits, however, are said to be illegal loggers and miners (remember the murder of Sr. Dorothy Stang?) as well as multinational companies who, with the blessing of governments, move in to search for oil and natural resources.
Zoe Romanowsky is writer, consultant, and coach. Her articles have appeared in "Catholic Digest," "Faith & Family," "National Catholic Register," "Our Sunday Visitor," "Urbanite," "Baltimore Eats," and Godspy.com. Zo