Amazonian rainforest tribe makes contact with outside world after suffering violence and illness
Peru's indigenous communities allegedly face pressure from drug traffickers, illegal logging and gas exploration, as well as first world diseases
Thursday 31 July 2014
Video footage of the first contact with a group of isolated Indians near the Brazil-Peru border has emerged – along with claims that other members of their community have been massacred.
The Indians, wearing loincloths and carrying bows and arrows, are seen claiming that members of their tribe were killed by non-Indians in Peru, where indigenous communities allegedly face pressure from drug traffickers, illegal logging and gas exploration.
Speaking through interpreters, the young Indians said other community members had died from illnesses thought to be flu and diphtheria. Survival International, the tribal rights campaign group, warned that past epidemics of flu, to which uncontacted Indians lack immunity, have wiped out entire groups.
After contacting the Ashaninka indigenous people along the banks of the Envira river, near the Peruvian border, the Indians had to be treated for an acute respiratory infection and quarantined for several days before returning to the forest.
The video footage was made by FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs department, on 30 June – four days after the Indians made their first, brief appearance. It appears to show the Indians’ fear of outsiders. Offered bananas, two of the Indians appear wary before grabbing the fruit and retreating to a safe distance.
Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, called for isolated Amazonian tribes to be protected. “It’s vital that Brazil and Peru immediately release funds for the full protection of uncontacted Indians’ lives and lands,” he said.
“Economic growth is coming at the price of the lives of their indigenous citizens. Now this wealth must be used to protect those few tribes that have so far survived.”
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + 30 days holiday: Ashdown Group: Finance Manager - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Support Engineer / Network ...
£26000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Web Developer is required to ...