Sarah Begum
Sarah Begum campaign leader

The Huaorani and other indigenous groups are losing large chunks of their home land every single day. I urge you with the highest importance to please join me in my mission and sign this petition to encourage governments in developed countries to apply positive pressure to President Rafael Correa and the Ecuadorian Government to stop their plans to drill in the Amazon and to find alternative ways to provide income for the country. I'm sure that if all the brightest minds on this planet connect along with all the power to make this happen, then there will be a solution.

This is why I'm so passionate about it:

When I was 9 years old, I learnt about deforestation in the Amazon at school and ever since, I wanted to do something about it. It became a dream, gifted by a flame of passion.

Then at the age of 21, I travelled to the Ecuadorian Amazon, Yasuni National Park to live and document with the Huaorani tribe and immersed myself in their culture and way of life. There, I hunted food with the warriors and gathered food and resources with the women. Then, they initiated me into the tribe in the most honourable way. Thus an alliance was created between the Amazon and the West and the Huaorani's asked me to spread their message to the world. "Amazon Souls" was the very first film I ever made and this documentary was premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year, shown at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and screened in London a couple days ago with rainforest charities including Sky Rainforest Rescue, WWF, Rainforest Foundation UK, Rainforest Alliance and Rainforest Concern supporting the film.

"Amazon Souls" trailer:

I discovered upon my return from the Amazon that scientists had found plants that could cure cancer. I wanted so badly to return to find this plant as my father was suffering from lung cancer and eventually he died from it in November of 2011. I still want to find it. But if plants and trees are being destroyed, how can we make this possible?


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