If you look at those places where they are drilling oil, those are the regions most people live with terrible health conditions and no education. Those are the regions that are most poor. People thought that they could come here and exploit oil and then just wash their hands and they would move on. But that did not happen. We’re a pain in the ass for the government right now. Haha! And that makes me hopeful. That makes me know that we can get further. You can not justify human rights abuses with economical arguments. We’re also human beings just as anyone else. And we have the same rights as anyone else to choose our way of life and to have that choice respected.
Nina Gualinga, Kichwa Nation on the Oil Drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon