I want to Return

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(This video is about 4 years old, but still gives a good glimpse into why the community had to leave)

I am doing a giant survey of families who want to return to Mampujan Viejo, the original site the community was displaced from 13 years ago. Here is a glimpse into some of their answers to the question “Why do you want to return to Mampujan Viejo?”

  • Things were easier there.
  • I felt better living there.
  • We had everything there.
  • I remember swimming in the creek
  • Here, there are so many bad influences for the kids- up there, life was healthy
  • Up there, there is life. The future is up there!
  • Life is not like it was.
  • That is where the life of a farmer lies.
  • A person is always from their land.
  • The destruction and displacement of Jerusalem in the Bible is a metaphor for Mampuján, the return of the exiles means that Mampuján will of course return because it is prophesied.
  • There was trust there among the people.
  • I want to improve the quality of my life.
  • It’s so much easier to get food.
  • I want to get ahead without being exhausted all the time due to my age.
  • I still don’t feel good living here, even after 13 years.
  • I miss living in the mountains, with peace and calm.
  • That is my land, where I was born.
  • I want my kids to grow up there.
  • To believe in the return is to believe in God; to believe in God is to believe in the return. 
Although no one mentioned it, who wouldn't want to live where there are monkeys?
Although no one mentioned it, who wouldn’t want to live where there are monkeys?

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