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Visibility for pueblo Pumé

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This video essay from LAB partner Ojos Ilegales Red, Venezuela, tells the story of Leonardo Milian Ruiz, a member of the Pumé community. Milian left his territory Boca Tronador, on Riecito in Apure State, near the the Venezuelan border with Colombia, after cattle ranchers continually invaded their territory and killed members of his community ‘like animals’, taking away their right to hunt and fish. Forgotten by the government, there is practically no mainstream healthcare available in the region. For this reason, Milian is in Caracas, to study nursing and medicine.

Leonardo Milian Ruiz. Photo: Francisco Elias Prado
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