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November 16 2012

Colombian and Peru Governments Publicly Apologizes for Amazonian Rubber Boom

A century after thousands of indigenous people died and were displaced in one of the most brutal episodes of the Amazonian rubber boom, government officials publicly apologized for the tragedy and the victims’ descendants urged them to ensure that it never happens again.

“If the lesson is learned from the death of our ancestors, their death will not have been in vain,” an association of indigenous people of La Chorrera, in Colombia’s Amazonas region, said in a statement issued on October 12.

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