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Indigenous community attacked
1/19/2012
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CIMI says community living in voluntary isolation suffers aggressions.

A group of loggers attacked a community of indigenous people living in voluntary isolation, the Indigenous Missionary Council, a Brazil-based organization with ties to the Catholic Church, reported Jan. 13.

CIMI, as the organization is known, said it observed the Awa-Guajá camp in the northeastern Amazonian state of Maranhao was destroyed, areas around the site were deforested and tire marks were found in the soil.

“Timber tractors ran over the Awa camp, destroying everything. From the tire tracks we can say that was a big vehicle,” said Rosimeire Diniz, a CIMI missionary who was on site.

The group said it will organize a report with the evidence collected and send it to the federal police and the federal Attorney General’s Office.

Clovis Tenetehara, a native from the area, led the CIMI commission to the site, and on the way said he saw traditional hunting lands that were completely destroyed and deforested. He said there were likely four families living there.

Members of the Guajajara tribe, which also inhabits the area, have said that they came across the burned remains of an Awa child in the forest, following an attack by loggers, according to CIMI, but the Brazilian government’s Indigenous Affairs Office, or FUNAI, said it is investigating the attack and that it has not confirmed the child’s death.

The Awa are one of the last nomadic hunter-gathering tribes in Brazil, and are estimated to number around 60 in northeastern Brazil. But their lands face some of the highest concentration of logging in the country.
—Latinamerica Press.


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