SONIA GUAJAJARA-A WOMAN WARRIOR

Today, in Brazil, about two thousand activists live under the threat of ‘pistoleiros’. Among them, Sônia Bonê Guajajara, vice president of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations for the Brazilian Amazon. The main organization fighting for the defense of the indigenous people, COIAB represents about 450,000 Indians from the Amazon.
According to the Survival organization, a supporter of all indigenous people in the world, 305 tribes live in Brazil, about 900,000 people, and most of the protected territories inhabited by indigenous peoples are located in the Amazon, 98.5% of the total. Between the fifties, sixties and seventies, numerous indigenous people suffered violence, from murder to the theft of land, due to economic activities such as the rubber trade, the construction of hydroelectric dams and intensive farming: unfortunately several tribes disappeared forever.
Despite being constitutionally recognized and having the support of numerous organizations, indigenous tribes are now more than ever under attack from the Bolsonaro government. A desired territory from an economic point of view, for the presence of mineral reserves (a "gold fever" is threatening the existence of the Yanomami people in northern Brazil) and for a strong agricultural interest. The Brazilian president, already in the electoral campaign, flaunted his hostility towards the indigenous people: among his first acts, in fact, he took away the right to manage the lands from the Brazilian Department of Indigenous Affairs, entrusting it to the Ministry of Agriculture: expansion of the lobbies of agricultural owners in the Amazon no longer has obstacles.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE. THEY'RE DESPERATE. THEY WANT ONLY STAY IN THEIR LANDS. 
Over the past 25 years, more than 1,500 people have been killed in Brazil, in war over land exploitation. Murders that resulted in a trial officer being released. But only one of the principals ended up in prison.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ashley
    Aug 27, 2021 @ 18:36:29

    Very little has changed since the Europeans “discovered” America and still the “cleansing” of the indigenous tribes goes on! Again and again, it is greed and power of very few people that is driving humanity to the cliff edge but it is the majority of the earth’s population who are doing their bidding!

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    • Fairy Queen
      Aug 28, 2021 @ 15:46:01

      These few people are powerful and think only about money. They don’t mind if people die, they don’t care if animals die, they don’t care about anything. Power make them heartless. 😔

      Reply

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