Write a letter for the Nukak

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

The Nukak have fled their land after becoming caught up in the violent conflict of Colombia’s drugs war. Their remote rainforest has been overrun by colonists growing coca for the lucrative cocaine trade.

Nukak photographed in the forest in 1991. © Gustavo Pollitis/Survival

Left-wing guerillas, right-wing paramilitaries, and the Colombian army are also fighting for control of the area. The Nukak are now camped near the town of San Jose, desperate to go home and suffering from terrible health problems.

How you can help

Please write a brief and polite letter (in English, or your own language) to the Colombian government. It is best to send your letter by post as there is no doubt this makes the biggest impact. Alternatively, you can use the fax numbers provided, but please be aware that numbers are often changed, or machines unplugged. Email addresses are given only where there is a realistic chance emails will be read. Please feel free to use the following letter as a guide or write one of your own.

His Excellency Iván Duque
President of the Republic
Carrera 8 n. 7-26
Palacio de Nariño,
Santa Fe de Bogotá

October 15, 2021

Your Excellency

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Post or email?
We always provide an email address where we can get one, and where we think a message will get through. Sometimes we provide a postal address too. Posting a letter is always the most effective way of making your views known, by far. If you can, please post a letter.