The Brazilian Amazon and Indigenous people: Increased violence

An increase in attacks on Indigenous people has been matched by a rise in deforestation in protected areas

With worn single barrel shotguns slung over their shoulders, two Indigenous men tread quietly through the thick Amazon forest of their land, checking for illegal activity.

They say that since 2015, their territory – where they live with around 40 other fellow Karipuna in Brazil’s north-western state of Rondônia – has been increasingly targeted by illegal loggers and land grabbers.

The atmosphere is tense. In this unpoliced part of the Amazon, illegal extractive gangs that operate in the region are known to be armed and violent, usually connected to large, powerful criminal networks.

As they descend a hill, suddenly the forest opens up into a large clearing. It’s a scene of devastation – dozens of large trees have been cut down, undergrowth has been set on fire.

The tribesmen search the area for clues of who has been here and when. They find discarded food packaging. They say it must be from the loggers.

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kosowski

this is not really good for BRAZIL

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