Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- In Ecuador, the indigenous Waorani, which lives in the Amazon forests, sued PetroOriental, the Chinese energy company that conducts oil extraction in the region, on charges that it polluted the environment.
Indigenous peoples have accused the company of damaging ancestral land by burning natural gas in oil wells and polluting the environment and water supplies.
Representatives of the Waorani clan of 5,000 people in the village of Miwaguno filed a petition with the court in the town of Francisco de Orellana in the Orellana region.
The tribespeople filed a complaint and said that, "We see our lives constantly changing. Our lives are threatened by climate change,"
Menare Omene, 52, a female member of the clan, "Rainwater tastes like coal. Since we do not have drinking water, we are obliged to drink this water,” she said.
Juan Pablo Enomenga, leader of the village of Miwaguno, said that the main nutrients of the people in the region, Yucca and banana varieties, are gradually decreasing as a result of the environmental pollution prevailing in the region.