Assassinated Forest Defender Olivia Arévalo Lomas Laid to Rest


CHEK News is reporting that the man is 41 year old Sebastian Woodroffe, a resident of both Courtenay and Cumberland who had travelled to the country to study shaman arts.

Lomas was a dedicated activist for the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous group who lived in the region and that's why her death sparked such an outpouring of sadness, devastation and anger.

Ricardo Franco, Arevalo's nephew, told a Peruvian TV station that Arevalo was "the mother that protects the earth in the jungle" and "the most beloved woman" in the tribe, according to the Washington Post. Officials have since backed away from that claim, stating that forensic tests have yet to confirm this.

Arevalo's slaying prompted outrage as it followed the unsolved killings of other indigenous people in the Amazon region who had faced threats for trying to protect their land.

Lomas' relatives said that a foreigner had asked her for heeling and then killed her. "We hope to find him, reward offered!"

Woodroffe said in his video blog that he previously worked in masculine jobs such as tree planting, diving and building homes but never achieved a level of satisfaction. It shows Woodroffe, bloody and disoriented, collapsed on the ground in front of a rudimentary structure with a thatched roof.

Peruvian authorities said that Woodroffe is their current suspect in her murder.

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He wanted to be an apprentice with the plant healer and aspired to become an addiction counselor using hallucinogenic medicine. "I'm totally dedicated to this". I want not only for people to recover ...

He said his mission was inspired by a family member's bout with alcoholism, which Woodroffe believed could be more effectively treated with "plant medicine", instead of traditional detox and counseling.

Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, was in Peru to learn about hallucinogenic medicine.

The Shipibo tribe, which Arevalo belonged to, was one of those. The Temple's website highlights its "female healers", and features a YouTube video of Arevalo chanting an Ikaros, which the website describes as a healing song.

The hallucinogenic cocktail, also known as yage, is a centuries old recipe used by Indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia as a cure for a variety of ailments. Willard believes that Arévalo was killed because of her activism, not by Woodroffe.

Peru's Ombudsman's Office has called an investigation over the lynching. She was killed on Thursday, apparently by two gunshot wounds.

Lomas, an indigenous traditional healer, was shot to death, and some villagers blamed Woodroffe.