Endangered Amazon Indians 'forced' to make contact

2014-07-04 09:50

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Cape Town – A group of Indigenous people from the Amazonian rainforest has made contact with for the first time with outsiders, according to advocates.

According to Live Science, the group was migrating in order to evade illegal loggers and subsequently made contact with a group of settled Indians.

Survival International said the group of "uncontacted Indians" were living between the border of Brazil and Peru.

The organisation believes that isolated Indian tribes that have lived in the rainforest for hundreds of years have been forced to move and consequently face new threats of disease and violence as they try to claim new territories

José Carlos Meirelles, who was an official in the Brazilian Indian Affairs Department FUNAI said that something serious or drastic must have occurred.

Meirelles argued that it is not typical for such a big group of Indians to move in such a way.

What is even more troubling is that no one knows exactly why they moved, Meirelles said.

Survival International said that dozens of uncontacted Indians were seen in Brazil's Acre state, very close to the Ashaninka Indian reserve close to the Envira River.

Fiona Watson, a field director at Survival International said that the overwhelming reason why the tribe would move is in order to escape illegal loggers and drug traffickers.

The main concern is whether the tribe will have clashes with other tribes and whether they have an immune system built up enough to help combat diseases like malaria and even the common flu.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an Indian from Brazil's Acre state who is from the same area said that it was worrying that her relatives were disappearing.

The fact that these people cannot communicate with authorities is one of the main issues that needs to be addressed, said Yawanawá.

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