The Pumé people (sometimes called Yaruro) live in the savanna plains of Venezuela, the Llanos, located west of the Orinoco River. Most Pumé communities do not have clear land ownership rights to the areas that they occupy. Now all are threatened by land encroachment by cattle ranchers and illegal or semi-legal mining.
This video was made by OjosIlegales (RED), a LAB partner, who say:
“As allies of indigenous peoples and other minorities, we are working to make visible, disseminate and amplify, nationally and internationally their voices and their struggles for respect for diversity and human rights, for their territories and their cultures. In order to do this we use our own resources to make a series of documentary shorts aimed to publicize the most urgent and serious problems for these communities in Venzuela, including the threats of extreme violence they confront on a daily basis.
“We ask all who watch this video to consider how they can contribute and support this struggle financially.”