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A logger operating illegally in the territory of isolated Waorani Indians has been found dead. Much of the Waorani's territory has been opened up for industrial exploitation, despite the fact that the several groups of Waorani who remain isolated in the forest have made it clear they do not want this.
Oil companies have already destroyed much of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the Siona, Secoya and Cofan tribes, and are now moving southwards into the territory of the Waorani, Quichua, Shuar and Achuar tribes. Illegal loggers are taking advantage of the increased access to this previously-remote area.