Monday, June 09, 2008

Uncontacted Indigenous people in the Amazon defend themselves against invaders

Photos Of Uncontacted Indigenous People In Amazon Provoke Demand For State Action

Photographs published last week of an uncontacted group of indigenous people in Brazil near the Peruvian border have provoked public outrage, with over 1,300 people writing letters to Peru’s government to demand an end to illegal logging. The logging is threatening uncontacted Indians in the area.

The unique pictures of the Brazilian indigenous people hit the world’s headlines last week. At least one other indigenous group in the area is thought to have fled over the border from Peru into Brazil, fleeing illegal loggers who are razing their forest home.

Since the pictures were published, the Peruvian government has said it will investigate the issue. Peru’s President Alan Garcia had previously questioned the tribes’ existence.
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