"We, the Penan Selungo of Sarawak, are indigenous peoples who have been most affected by
the forced destruction and transformation of our land. Our ancestors were nomadic huntergatherers
and we have only recently started to settle down and learn farming. Even if our
lifestyle has changed a lot over the last decades, we remain faithful to our tradition and we
still want to live in harmony with our forest. We have tried many times to protect our land
rights, but our blowpipes and our culture are non aggressive compare to the bulldozers of the
companies. The destruction of our forest takes place in front of our eyes.
After several decades, the social, economic and ecological impacts of an unconditional
exploitation of natural resources are too obvious to ignore. The disappearance of our food
source, medicinal and other plant and animal species, the pollution of soil and drinking water
resources, soil destabilization through the destruction of natural forests, problems related to
our health and social welfare are just some examples."
Penan Peace Park Project