Sep 13, 2019

Brazil Amazon: Old enemies unite to save their land

Lucas Landau/Rede Xingu+ While the world's attention has been focused on the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, indigenous people living there have warned that the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro pose a bigger threat to their existence. Dozens of indigenous people gathered in this remote part of northern Brazil last month after travelling for days by bus and boat. More than 800,000 indigenous people live in 450 demarcated indigenous territories across Brazil, about 12% of Brazil's total territory. Indigenous groups which have allowed miners on to their land were not invited, an omission which some of those attending described as a missed opportunity. The fires which have been burning across the Amazon were not a big topic of debate at the gathering, in part because they have mainly happened outside protected indigenous reserves but also because those gathered consider illegal mining and logging as more pressing threats.

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