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World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Venezuela : Warao and Kariña

Publisher Minority Rights Group International
Publication Date 2008
Cite as Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Venezuela : Warao and Kariña, 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49749c812e.html [accessed 29 November 2014]
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Warao and Kariña occupy lands around the Orinoco Delta.


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Oil companies are working on lands around the Orinoco Delta occupied by the Warao and Kariña. Kariña villages have been wrecked, and imported diseases such as cholera have caused many deaths.

Warao leaders have drawn attention to the pollution caused by the oil industry and to the displacement of communities caused by the construction of the Caroni dam. This dam is likely to become inoperative within 50 years due to the sedimentation resulting from extensive destruction of the forest by timber companies.

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