Help Peruvian Families Stripped of Coca Plant Livelihood

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Target: Ollanta Humala, President of Peru

Goal: Help Peruvian families whose livelihood was destroyed by the government by providing them with assistance to gain a new form of income.

As part of a U.S.-backed eradication plan, the Peruvian government destroyed the coca plant crops of Peruvian families, affecting more than half a million Peruvians. The plants are often a family’s main source of income, and families are claiming the government is offering little or no assistance after destroying the crops.

The Peruvian government says 42,000 families received financial support or help with alternative crops last year after their coca fields were destroyed. Yet it’s reported that many families have gotten no support at all. A recent protest over the destruction of coca plants turned violent when police shot and killed a farmer and 23 others were injured.

The protesters claim that the government spends alternative development funds on unhelpful projects like internships, car rentals and inflated government salaries.

There is certainly a need to eradicate the production of hard drugs like cocaine, but families who have relied on this crop as a means of livelihood for years need help in the process. Tell Peruvian officials to help Peruvian families whose livelihood was destroyed by the government by providing them with assistance to gain a new form of income.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Humala,

As part of a U.S.-backed eradication plan, you destroyed the coca plant crops of Peruvian families, plants that are often a family’s main source of income. Families are claiming the government is offering little or no assistance after destroying the crops.

It’s reported that many families have gotten no support at all after having their crops destroyed. There is certainly a need to eradicate the production of hard drugs like cocaine, but families who have relied on this crop as a means of livelihood for years need help in the process.

I urge you to help Peruvian families whose livelihood was destroyed by the government by providing them with assistance to gain a new form of income.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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